Oscar winning producer John Daly says “A lot of people pitch me ideas, but Don Abernathy had the same passion and vision for his script, Tournament of Dreams, that a once unknown director named James Cameron had, when he sold me on the idea of a science fiction film called The Terminator.”
Don Abernathy studied film making at the Hollywood Film Institute. After completing his certification, he spent a year in private classes with world-renowned director Mark Travis (author of The Director’s Journey). In 1999, Don wrote, directed, and produced his first short film Naomi’s Web, a psychological thriller shot on a Cannon XL-1 digital camera for $500.00. The short film was distributed nationwide and grossed over grossed over $400,000.00 in video and rental sales. He also worked on One Hell of a Day, which features actors Hawthorne James (The Five Heartbeats, Speed, Seven) and Meagan Good (Eve’s Bayou, House Party IV, My Cousin Skeeter).
Don Abernathy’s film in 2001 called Rhapsody stars Glenn Plummer (Speed, Speed II, South Central), Freda Payne, Ice T (3000 Miles to Graceland), Judge Joe Brown, Ton Loc, Fred Williamson, Art Evans (Die Hard II, A Soldier’s Story), and MC Hammer.
Don Abernathy’s writing talents have gained the attention of notable actors and producers. He completed the feature film Tournament of Dreams, a drama about a high school girl’s basketball team who struggles through great odds to reach a championship season starring Tony Todd, Debbie Allen, Game, Houston, and Carl Lewis.