Founder of Moon Shadow Films
Aleta Chappelle began her career in the film industry at Francis Ford Coppola's ZOETROPE STUDIOS, where she assisted in the casting of THE OUTSIDERS, RUMBLE FISH, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE COTTON CLUB and more. She soon advanced to the level of casting director and some of her credits included:
SISTER ACT 2
NEW YORK STORIES
BEVERLY HILLS COP 2
and RAMBLING ROSE
In 2014 the POCONO MOUNTIAN FILM FESTIVAL present Ms. Chappelle with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Casting.
The CASTING SOCIETY of AMERICA nominated her for a Best Casting Award for two of the HBO films she cast - LIFE SUPPORT and INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE starring Halle Berry. She won a BLACK REEL and URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL Best Ensemble Casting Award for the feature film MOOZ-LUM.
Ms. Chappelle’s feature film directed debut was the hit comedy GOOSED starring Jennifer Tilly, Joan Rivers and Damon Wayans, the film was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola. She has since directed numerous short film and documentary projects. Her feature film ROMEO & JULIET IN HARLEM was invited to screen at numerous film festivals from London to Los Angeles, and the film has enjoyed a record breaking educational distribution release.
For the Stage she wrote and directed the MARY ELLEN PLEASANT STORY at the Kaufman Theatre and the Off, Off Broadway play THE CONCEPT OF LOVE starring Julianna Margulies. In 2005 Ms. Chappelle founded the HARLEM CHILDRENʼS THEATRE and she volunteered to teach free acting workshops and directed the children in performances presented free to the public at libraries throughout Harlem.
In addition, Ms. Chappelle is a world renowned ACTING TEACHER, who has taught adult and children's classes in New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Greece and Germany.
Moon Shadow Films was founded by Ms. Chappelle in 2011 and the company has numerous plays and feature film projects in development including; ONE BLOOD - the bio/pic based on the life of Dr. Charles Drew, William Shakespeare's MACBETH -a modern day adaptation set in the Caribbean and the feature film LOVE EXTREME - a edgy love story set in Spain and Germany. Her most recent feature film RED DRESS SOLILOQUY is in the final stages of postproduction.