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Cottrell Guidry is an actor, writer and producer, known for his innovative story lines that promote diversity, bend stereotypes and spark emotional connection. 

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Born in Long Beach CA, Cottrell’s always been drawn to anything that had to do with film and television, since childhood. He grew up with an older sister that had a love for classical movies and musicals. Every time she sat down to watch Grease or an old Bob Hope movie, Cottrell was sitting right there with her. It was only a matter of time before he fell in love with the arts. 

Cottrell was scouted to model at the age of 18 and soon after transitioned into taking theater in college.  He quickly became what he likes to call a "Collaborator", bringing other actor friends together, writing and producing content, like sketches, short films and other creative projects. Since then, he's become a growing force in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and Producer. He shares his talents, crafting each skill while able to juggle genres, from drama to comedy. 

His past collaborators include Maker's Studios, Funny or Die and the Aids Healthcare Foundation. Cottrell recently wrote, Produced and Starred in the short film Grimshaw, based on his life, growing up with a father battling substance addiction. So far Grimshaw's screened at Soho House West Hollywood, Mammoth Film Festival and are slated to screen at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Grimshaw was directed by Elyes Gabel (Scorpion) and Co-starred Cornell Womack (Rescue Me).  

As Cottrell continues honing his writing and producing skills, his acting career is steadily growing and gaining him recognition. His portrayal of the character "Brandon" in Grimshaw earned him a article in LA Confidential Magazine as "a young actor to watch out for." And he recently guest starred on the television shows Powerless (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS). 

Aside from acting, Cottrell has a passion for working with non profits and mentoring inner city youth.  He's on the board of directors for a mentor group called Engage the Vision, based in South Central LA at Martin Luther King Elementary school.  Cottrell also teaches workshops at the youth transitional living shelter called the Covenant House. Currently he's working with a group called Ambition, teaching High Schoolers the skill set of being Entrepreneurs. 

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Cottrell Guidry makes his screenplay debut with his first short film "Grimshaw" directed by Elyes Gabel. Grimshaw was announced as an Official Selection for the inaugural festival of Mammoth Film Festival Jan 2018. Cottrell also stars in this moving short film, with co-star Cornell Womack (Rescue Me). 

"Cottrell Guidry has scripted up an excellent dramatic short that really does show us viewers some of the effects of addiction."- IndyRed

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"We are honored to announce that Grimshaw just made it into Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF). This will be our east coast premiere! We are extremely humbled to be screening Grimshaw with such amazing and talented film makers. 

If you want to come hang with us in Martha's Vineyard, the festival is August 6th-11th. Hope to see you there."

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"Cottrell Guidry and Cornell Womack also serve as clear reminders that talent, especially when a piece is drama driven, is crucial to keeping us viewers interested in what could otherwise be a rather boring scene. More to the point? Movies that mainly take place in one location definitely need a strong cast to keep things interesting. No problems here. These two nailed it. "

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