Product of the America Ghetto is an excellent movie which you can tell was a passion project. It’s action packed and entertaining. You will see some of your favorite actors in this movie like Robin Givens, Darren Dewitt Henson and Keith Robinson which goes to show it’s a great project which veteran and new actors loved being a part of the movement. Appearances by Rodney Perry, Yung Joc, Tobias Truvillion (Empire). It was also the movie that allowed vh1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Mama Dee to have her break out role. Let’s weigh in on the synopsis of the film.
Brian is a 8 year old growing up in TechWood urban housing in Atlanta during the 80’s. Its normal for Brian to awaken by the sound of his mom selling her body to keep the lights on, but one night the screams of his 15 year old sister,Tasha, wake him in the night. He vows to take care of the women in his life and get them out the lifestyle. The only window out is through drugs. Often as outsiders looking in we see certain things that may be going on in the “ghetto” that we frown upon. Sometimes we are even judgmental, thinking that we are better.The one thing that is misunderstood about Urban environments “ghettos” is that the residents live inside a box.The lack exposure to the world around them, and for most they feel trapped in their environment.When this happens you become a product of your environment.This product can be something good or bad, but we can conclude that you are who you are from your environmental experiences.This story depicts the life of a young boy, Brian, who wants out but the only images of success that he see’s are the drug dealers around him.Yes he knows about doctors and lawyers, however where he is from he is taught that those are not options that are easily attainable. He’s told by teachers that he can’t go to college, He’s told my adults that,“where you are is where you will be and its your place.” Brian, the main character results to joining the drug game to stop his mom from selling her body to take care of him and his siblings.Through this story we see exactly how the kids in these environments get lured into the drug game and how they see it as their only way out .
CAST Darrin Dewitt Henson, Rodney Perry, Nadej Bailey, Robin Givens, Tobias Truvillion, Keith Robinson, Shamea Morton, Cranston Johnson, Messiah Harris, Tasia Grant, Coletrane Williams, Loren Lott, Mamma Dee, Wingo, Rocko, Yung Joc
The writer/producer/director Henderson Maddox was raised by the unique sounds and visuals of Atlanta. Henderson Mr. 23 Maddox took his first breath in Atlanta’s famous Grady Memorial Hospital. He and his family moved to the suburbs for a better education, where he fell in love with film and video production. After high school, Mr. 23 decided to fur ther his education at Full Sail. At Full Sail, he experienced an intense film degree program, which promoted his love for film production and developed his directorial. During school, Mr. 23 developed his dream called the Atlanta Dream Team Productions. After graduation, he moved back to his hometown of Atlanta and got his first gig directing a music video within a week. Mr. 23 has a list of accomplishments that includes his directing debut on national television for Sony BMGs Camp 22, Crank Dat Yank as well as a music video for Warner Bros. recording artist, Lil Scrappy,TI, BOB, Juelez Santana, and Lil Wayne. He completed the short film Sounds of Poetry starring Robin Givens in the Fall of 2009. Maddox was honored as Best Director at the 2010 San Diego Black Film Festival. Maddox went on to direct Unspoken Words starring Robin Givens, Greg Alan Williams, & Tommy Ford. After 3 films he decided to launch an Internet TV Network, Signal 23 TV.The goal is to build a platform to deliver sitcoms, scripted series, talk shows, and more. Maddox is currently in post production on a feature film, “The Products of the American Ghetto”. After years of learning, exploring, networking, and through extensive experience, Mr. 23 has developed an eye to direct film and video that only
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