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Growing up in Philadelphia, my friends and I were not expected to attend college. We had to hustle to make ends meet. Our families gave us everything they could and we prayed for the rest. Despite obstacles, I secured a scholarship that covered tuition, but not living.

Students hoping to secure a better future turn to dangerous or underpaying jobs because of the financial burden of attending college. This film is dedicated to their unseen struggle. I consulted other students whose vulnerable stories reflected my own. I hope to raise awareness of the nightmare that often follows the American dream.

Philadelphia, PA, USA
Born in Philadelphia, and now based in Los Angeles, Lamar is a recent undergraduate film student at California College of the Arts. In his graduating year, he was a Production Coordinator at award-winning VFX production house NTROPIC. He soon after caught the attention of Founder/President Rhea Scott, of Little Minx, where he now works as her personal assistant. With East Coast roots and cultivating West Coast stories, Lamar has pulled from inspiration from his mentor Cheryl Duyne, the work of Lee Daniels and Marlon Riggs. Sharing an array of Queer experiences, Lamar has dedicated his work thus far to understand the collective experience of Black people within the LGBTQIA+ community. With his distinctive voice, his work extends from short films, commercials, and documentaries. In 2017, as high school student Lamar screened at the Black Star Film Festival with his provocative film, “Black Men Don’t Cry”, which went off to win an award at the PBS Youth Media Awards. Lamar already has a new project in development, a reimagining of an iconic James Baldwin interview played by Netflix's The Get Down star Tory Devon Smith. When he looks back someday on his career, Lamar hopes he will have helped create generational growth for the next young creatives to fearlessly tell their own stories. more...

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