Iâ€™m a screenwriter, film producer, director and evangelist. Iâ€™ve been a screenwriter for over twenty years. In 1992, I wrote and co-produced a drama, "Dumped On," (about a thrill-seeking woman who is attracted to a church deacon after her player boyfriend dumps her) for Capital Cities/ABC that aired on its Philadelphia affiliate, WPVI (6ABC).
In 1993, my screenplay, Melting Pot, about an explosion of emotion in a black neighborhood after a Korean greengrocer kills a "harmless" black wino, won the Writers Workshop (which was affiliated with the American Film Institute) national Ethnic Minority Screenplay competition in Los Angeles.
In 1996, I wrote and produced a short film, "People Like Me," featuring film star, Elizabeth Banks, that challenges the myth of racial purity in vignettes that illustrate societyâ€™s preoccupation with skin color and stereotypes that has been used for diversity training.
More recently, a short film that I wrote, "Absolutely Wonderful," was a finalist in the Maranatha Christian International Film Festival, in September, 2011. Another short film, A Holy Kiss?, that I wrote the screenplay for was also an official selection at the festival.
Two of my screenplays were selected in the 2013 Colorado International Film Festival: Servantâ€™s Row (Before the legal institution of slavery, multi-racial indentured servants flee from an increasingly tyrannical farm owner in colonial North Carolina) and Inhumane Traffic (The odd team of an Amish-like church woman from the country and an urban undercover police detective break up a major slave trafficking network).
The animated film I wrote and produced, Common Ground, is an official selection of the 2014 Attic Film Festival (TAFF 2014). It is also an official selection in the 2014
International Christian Film Festival.
My drama screenplay, Servants' Row, was a finalist in the 2014 Chicago Screenplay Contest.
Two years ago, my wife and I created M. Kenya Branch Productions, LLC, where entertainment starts with ministry. Our production company is dedicated to the production of quality films that are entertaining, educational, moral and illustrate faith-based principles for family consumption.
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