Forbidden, formerly titled Light Through the Fire
What drew you to this project?
I love being a filmmaker.
My entire goal for entering this project is name recognition. This project has confirmed my insatiable desire to exceed the standards of traditional filmmaking. Opportunities like the 11Eleven11 Project gives the new generation of filmmakers like myself the platform to become as successful as I want.
I am so grateful for meeting Sharon Tomlinson in 2008. I have volunteered on many projects for as a director of photography, videographer and/or an editor. My desire was to continually perfect my skills as a filmmaker academically and professionally. She has always encouraged me that one day it will pay off for all of us. So, four years later, it has come to fruition and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Where you were born/where you were raised?
Pittsburg. I was raised in the Hill District then moved to Homewood at the age 13.
What do you hope viewers walk away with after seeing this project?
When it comes to love, there are consequences, whether good or bad, but it is important to be truthful to you and learn the lesson. The choices we make do not only affect us, but someone else as well. Your happiness is most important.
Who are your personals idols in the industry?
Alfred Hitchcock – for paving the way for filmmakers. Queen Latifah – for evolving, transforming from a music artist to producer, director actress to Cover Girl model and crossing all platforms. She is yet excelling beyond all expectations. Martin Scorsese – for Hugo. He truly showed that even as a seasoned filmmaker it is possible to evolve, “flip the script” and do something totally different with sheer success.
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
I have my favorite, but to drop everything? I’m not infatuated.
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
I love to watch “True Blood” and “Shameless” when I just want to kick back and take my mind off the hustle and bustle of life.
What’s on your music playlist?
James Blake, “Limit To Your Love.” DJ Stan Zeff’sTambor House Music. Ledisi, Pieces Of Me. Marsha Ambrosius, Late Nights & Early Mornings. Robin Thicke, “Lost Without You.” Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon. John Legend, “So High.”
Mac or PC?
Mac and refuse to go back
Worst job you ever had:
Foxes Pizza in 1986. I vowed to never work fast food industry again.
Three things you can’t live without:
All I can say is, God is all there is.
IMDB and Facebook are neck and neck
Last book you read:
Celestine Prophecies and the Power of Now
Last good movie you saw:
Some films you consider classics:
The Godfather, Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock, Do the Right Thing, Boyz in the Hood, The Exorcist, The Birds, The Shining and Psycho
Favorite screen or commercial opportunities:
I truly enjoyed working with LisaRaye’s commercials and interviews for the launch of her white collection for PZI Jeans. Her poise and professionalism blew me away. Her down-to-earth personality is a testament that all celebrities are not arrogant. She is like what some say, “Good peops.”
My documentary The Emancipation of a Lifestyle is currently in postproduction
Comcast Sports for The Atlanta Explosion Women’s Football Team – videographer /graphic designer
“What About Tyra” TV pilot (Ru Paul’s “Drag Race” winner 2010) – Director of Photography
Trumpet Awards 2009 – Behind the scenes red carpet interviews
The Other Women of Atlanta (TOWA) – videographer /editor for second trailer
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee – editor
Seduction short film – director of photography
Trumpet Awards 2009 – Behind-the-scenes red carpet interviews