Wednesday, February 6, 2019

HollyShorts - Will "The Machine" - Denzel Whitaker Interview


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Born in Torrance, California, Denzel Whitaker is best known for his award-winning role in “THE GREAT DEBATERS”, where he performed opposite two of his namesakes, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Denzel's distinct passion for creation is complemented by a unique grasp of pragmatic knowledge that allows him to manifest what he wishes to portray, whether it’s in acting, directing, photography, editing, or writing.

Numerous films and television shows list Denzels’ name among their actors: Marvel's Black Panther, Abduction, Warrior, My Soul to Take, The Bad Lieutenant, Training Day, All That, Black Dynamite, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER – all of which have groomed Denzel into an exemplary performer with an aptitude for working hard and working with a vision.
        


THE STORY
There's a reason everyone in Richmond knows Will Vaughn as "The Machine" - he doesn't complain, he doesn't smile, he doesn't relax. Will doesn't even talk unless it gets him closer to the one thing he cares about - WINNING.

While this has led to enormous success on the football field, it has come at the cost of his mental and emotional well-being.

Embodying the perfect blend of strength and vulnerability to counter our title character, Denzel Whitaker is an actor you may recognize from movies such as The Great Debaters, Bad Lieutenant, Warrior, and Training Day. Although Denzel has been performing in major Hollywood films and TV series since he was a kid, in recent years has established himself as a filmmaker and photographer in his own right - creating content under his production company, Blackmouf. His input on the story has already been invaluable, and we're thrilled to be collaborating with this multi-talented artist.
Denzel Whitaker on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Kristin Cercado.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH DENZEL WHITAKER
JOURNALIST: KRSITIN CERCADO
LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 18, 2018


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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