Meet TYREE “TY” GIBSON the brilliant producer and director of the gritty new Indie web-series, “THE PYRAMID…A Queensbridge Story“, an episodic tale about the happenings between two rival gangs competing for the top spot in the underworld of Queensbridge, the biggest housing project in North America.
A native of Queensbridge, TY has seen and done a lot during his years growing up in the infamous projects. “Growing up in QB was rough, so much shit goes on within these 6 blocks. You need some type of hobby to keep you focused or you may not survive the streets. For me it was writing and telling stories. I began writing THE PYRAMID while I was in Drake Business School back in 1998. The world is fascinated by Queensbridge projects and loves to hear stories about it, so why not write about my hood? I knew a QB story would captivate audiences.”
TY’s creativity and passion for story-telling developed into this scripted series that is fictional, yet draws on real-life dilemmas that occur in an housing project. TY’s ability to merge his broad life experiences with his wildly vivid imagination proves to be a perfect combination. “My vision for this series is crazy! I really got into my creative bag and dug deep for this. This series bleeds authenticity. People can relate to the story line either from their own experiences or from someone they know. I put in a lot of hard work to bring this story to life. It had to be done right. Failure was not an option.”
Highly influenced by ingenious film directors/producers Spike Lee and Tyler Perry, TY wrote, directed and hand-picked the entire cast for this project. He even cast himself in the role of “Black P“, one of the OG’s in the series.
The premise of the story is Black P’s return to QB after serving 15 years in prison for drugs and a murder he committed during a shootout with a rival gang. The plot thickens when Black P discovers that while he was away his brother, Rah, has befriended that same rival crew. This causes major conflict between Black P and Hound’s crews. The sequence of events to follow will leave you on the edge of your seat open-mouthed!
Although TY wrote and produced the entire project, he refuses to take full credit for the web-series’ success. “I am so blessed to be working with such a wonderful group of actors and actresses. Each cast member brings their unique personality and passion to the character they play which enhances the story, it’s impressive. My goal as a filmmaker is to always be super creative and bring out the best in any actor or actress that I work with. I’m definitely grateful for my amazing cast.”
The biggest challenge TY faced making this project was learning how to maneuver behind the camera. “Listen man, I’m a writer and I was not familiar with the camera at all. (Laughing) So I recruited FAHARGO to film the series and he did not disappoint. He did an incredible job of shooting THE PYRAMID. Salute brother!”
It is important to TY that he give opportunities and create films that prosper the Black culture. “It’s one of the reasons Spike Lee is my favorite filmmaker. I appreciate how he opened, or should I say, kicked down so many doors for Black people in film. The careers of many Black actors and actresses were started because he gave them a chance. Spike also showed Black people in a many different lights and I plan to do the same with my films. For so long we were cast as maids, drug dealers/addicts, absent parents, thieves, etc…We were always the villains in the story. Thankfully, that has changed and the evolution of the Black character sees us cast in roles as the hero or the intelligent lead in films like “BLACK PANTHER” (Rest in Power Chadwick Boseman) and “HIDDEN FIGURES“. It’s a beautiful thing!”
TY recently fulfilled a life-long dream of his to start his own business with the establishment of The Pyramid A QB Story Production Company. “I have dreamt of this day for a long time and it feels great to see it come to fruition! What’s even greater is that I will be able to provide opportunities to others interested in pursuing a career in film. As a Black man and a Black filmmaker, It is my responsibility to create diverse films that celebrate us. It’s not just about me. It’s about our youth, giving them hope for the future and showing them they can do anything in this life if they work hard. It’s also about my peers and reminding them of the same. My life is a testimony of how you can overcome difficult circumstances and still rise if you believe in yourself. ALWAYS BET ON YOU!”
TY is busy writing episodes for Season 2 of “THE PYRAMID…A Queensbridge Story” while creating a second series, not yet titled, catering to the female demographic. The first 6 episodes of Season 1 are currently available for viewing on YouTube. Go check it out!
2021 looks like it’s going to be a productive and exciting year for TYREE GIBSON and The Pyramid A QB Story Production Company!
Season 1 Episodes 1-6 of “THE PYRAMID…A Queensbridge Story“:
CAST MEMBERS OF “THE PYRAMID…A Queensbridge Story“