Thursday, May 16, 2013

Video: Jean-Claude La Marre Film Reel

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Haitian actor and director Jean Claude LaMarre has quickly established himself as one of the leading young black filmmakers in the industry today. A native NewYorker, who grew up on the island of Haiti, Jean Claude has carefully guided his career, both in front of and behind the camera, with talent and determination as well as an unwavering commitment to make a difference in the world of urban filmmaking. Whether it be as an actor appearing in such acclaimed works as Basquiat, Malcolm X, a screenwriter penning projects for a variety of studios including Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros, or as a Director whose growing list of credits include the religious Biopic "Color of the Cross" for Fox. “I like films that take us outside the box...” said LaMarre who decided to take a step into directing several years ago following a career of critically-acclaimed performances opposite some of the biggest names in the industry, including Denzel Washington, Danny Glover, and Samuel L. Jackson. “I hope to broaden the African American movie viewing experience with the films that I make.", continued LaMarre. Following in the footsteps of successful black filmmakers, such as Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, F. Gary Gray and the Hughes Brothers, LaMarre is beginning to make his mark in the film industry. LaMarre’s commitment to creating urban-influenced films that appeal to a worldwide audience is evident in the product generated under his gifted hand. His most recent project includes the Screen Gems film, "Brothers in Arms" a revisionist Western written and Directed by LaMarre. “It’s every child’s fantasy, its horses, its cool outfits, its hip-hop, which is kind of cool. Additional projects in various phases of development includes the sequel to his 2005 Hip Hop Western, Gang of Roses 2, A period piece based on the life of "Neffertiti", The big-budget, all female Superhero film, "Destiny Dark", The Pink Platoon, a war picture focusing on Female Soldiers in Afghanistan and his Documentary "Dancing Amidst the Rubble", about the life of Amputees in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

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