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Easter weekend, 2009, marked a very exciting time for my young career as an indie film producer. In three days of shooting, we shot 14 pages of script for a short film called KNUCKLEHEAD. The film is about a young black man named Langston (played by Gbenga Akkinagbi, The Wire, The Savages, Law and Order, Cold case) struggling to survive the projects of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn with Autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, and an obsession of a cure for his developmental disorders.

This is an inspiring story of someone who will not accept “no” for an answer, regardless of the circumstances. A story of persistence without exception. A story about overcoming odds and creating your own reality, regardless how feasible the dream may actually be.

 

View the complete Gallery from the shoot.

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5 thoughts on “On the Set of KNUCKLEHEAD”

  1. Wow Jay, great photo of you with Gbenga. And the story line for the film indeed sounds very inspiring. Good luck with the rest of the shoot, and congrat’s on making the project a reality!

  2. Congrats! Quite an accomplishment – Indie film producer! Story is inspiring…please continue with the updates, it will be fun to follow. a movie in it’s creation thru to it’s completion and launch. Wishing you much more success.

    PS – Thanks for the CCP system.

  3. I would like to see the full movie because the scene I just watched was without context hence hard to relate to the full length film. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has a multitude of expressions depending on the exact times during the pregnancy and during breast feeding that alcohol is taken by the mother. There are some wise people who teach the parents and supporters of people with FASD how to make a better life for all. Autism is also a spectrum disorder with a diagnoses from Asperger’s to well who really knows PDD-NOS for the uncertain. Putting them both together is harsh. Sometimes people with FASD will find a new level of coping in their late 20’s. We need to remember that each person is a person first. Love and compassion help everyone.

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