BLKMGC(2nd Place Winner 2018 PVIFF Short Film Competition)

A musical about a young father struggling but determined to realize his dream to become a rap star while raising his son.

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Title: BLKMGC(2nd Place Winner 2018 PVIFF Short Film Competition)

Producer/Director: Greg Alan Williams, Duran Butler / Shaun M. Mathis, Jemonique Miller, Justin Toulon

Cast: Duran Butler, Jahlil Muhammad, Michelle Shaay, Sierra Swann, Damian Holder

Genre: Short Films

Runtime: 18:38 minutes

The Story Behind BLKMGC:

With a brother serving time in prison for murder and dreams permeating his brain; Duran has always wrestled with the thought of bringing a child into this world.  A world where his dreams of becoming a beloved rapper are shadowed by police brutality and injustice for men, women and children of color. This story and the accompanying music was birthed out of what he calls his worst fear; bringing a child into a world that does not value him and that he himself is not yet equipped to deal with its harsh realities.

Duran's brother left behind 4 children who must now grow up without the presence of their father. His brother's voice can be heard in a pre-recorded message at the beginning of the film saying, "I'm proud of you bruh...You know I got enough time for the whole family, so you definitely don't want to come in here." This message was taken from Duran's very first phone conversation with his incarcerated brother. A message of pride, hope, and concern that he hopes the World can understand.

Director Biography - Shaun M. Mathis, Jemonique Miller, Justin Toulon

Born to Damita Jo Mathis & Stewart Welch, Shaun was raised in Waterbury CT. After attending two different colleges, Shaun penned his first novel, This Hurts, which won him independent best-selling author in 2007 and came in at #89 on the Essence Best Seller list.

Shaun went on to pen 2 more successful novels before relocating to Atlanta from Philadelphia. In Atlanta, Shaun got his start in the movie industry by interning with Studio 11 Films, Eyeam Cinema, as well as Ralph Wilcox productions.  After doing stand in work on several motion pictures, Shaun created and released 2 award winning web series, Rich Brothers & Threesome.

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