Elijah Wells is an actor, writer, promoter, trailblazer and film director who at an early age demonstrated interest and talent in music, dance and photography. Born in 1997, Elijah’s gift surfaced quickly at age 10 when his father bought him his first camera. With camera in hand, Elijah followed his mother, A.K.A Sista Martha, to local community events to take photos and soon found himself taking acting classes with Kids on Camera.
In the summer of 2011, Elijah joined Panzou Project, Inc. & Miami World Cinema Center. In November, he was awarded “The Clint Eastwood Award” for best acting and directing. The award affirmed Elijah’s gift as a writer and film director and heightened his motivation to pursue his passion and talent. The same year, local film director Steve Drayton Sr. heard about Elijah and contacted him through his Mother to intern on his film “White Boys”. Steve Drayton is the brother of William Jonathan Drayton, Jr, best known by his stage name Flavor Flav, an American rapper and television personality. Mr. Drayton was impressed with Elijah’s knowledge while working on the film set and called on Elijah to again intern on a new mini TV series called “Miss Misunderstood” starring Jo Marie Payton, written and directed by Steven Drayton Sr., who recommended to Elijah’s parents that they put him behind the camera. They agreed and in 2012 Elijah began to write his first short film “The Gift”. When Elijah heard there was a call for entries for the American Black Film Festival “2012 Short Film Competition,” Elijah, then 14 years old, got busy finishing “The Gift”. He had found his own true gift in directing and cinematography. Elijah entered the “2012 America Black Film Festival Community Showcase” and his short film “The Gift” was one of the winners.