Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mammoth Film Festival - Dominic Blackwell-Cooper Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media

Dominic David Vincent Blackwell-Cooper was born in May 3rd, 1986 in Seattle, Washington to his mother (Becky Sue) civilian for the police department & father (David) artist. He is of American and Black Irish descent. Blackwell was brought up in West Seattle, Washington as an only child - and educated in the Catholic School curriculum first at Holy Rosary, then the all boys prep school, O'Dea - along side fellow actor and comedian, John McKay. It was here Dominic wrote and directed his first short film -- a silent version of King Lear that peaked the interest of his English teacher Jim Walters, who pushed him to pursue a career in filmmaking.

In high school Dominic also found a love for the arts via a summer musical program held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Comedically bad at acting/singing/dancing - he was tutored instead by his longtime mentor Isaiah Anderson in writing/directing. After numerous theatrical productions throughout high school... Dominic went on to attend Howard University (District of Columbia), where he studied Political Science. At Howard, Dominic wrote and produced his second short film A Love Supreme.

His college summers were spent interning in Los Angeles at Geffen records, CAA, Spotify, and State Street Pictures. His internship at State Street under George Tillman and Bob Tittle, taught him the movie business and upon finishing college, Dominic spent that summer valeting cars on the Seattle waterfront to pay for a car and save enough to move down to Los Angeles.

He spent months sleeping on his high school friend's grandmother's floor until landing a job, consulting on the film Lottery Ticket. Back in Los Angeles, he teamed up with actor Lamorne Morris to create several web series, short films, skits and commercials that caught the attention of fellow actor Kevin Phillips in 2015 -- the two teamed up to write/direct/produce the anticipated indie "Tomato Soup" - featuring actors Jack Kesy, Bella Dayne and Tyler Shields. After several rounds of edits, the creative narrative of the film has shifted and set to release sometime in 2019.

Following his dive into the film world, Dominic took to advertising, teaming up with Steve Waite and James Thayer of Somatic to create projects for AirTime, SoundCloud, and most recently LeBron James' company Uninterrupted - his first scripted production, "The Crossover, The Story of Laurence Moses Bryant", starring Lamorne Morris.

As of June 2018, Dominic is finalizing the option of several features while also writing the follow up to, "The Crossover".

After 20 years of not getting his just due for crossing LeBron James over on a playground in Akron - Laurence Moses Bryant hires a camera crew to document the controversy surrounding the highly disputed event.

We all know LeBron James, but have you heard of Larry Moses Bryant? Meet the Akron local who is the self-proclaimed "Kingslayer" and a legend in his own mind. Starring Lamorne Morris.

Kyle Shevrin, Lamorne Morris, Tomik Mansoori, Dominic Blackwell-Cooper
on the Red Carpet at Mammoth Film Festival.

Dominic Blackwell-Cooper on the Red Carpet at Mammoth Film Festival.


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

Mammoth Film Festival is an all media festival celebrating varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work. Regal with the wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes, California as it's beautiful backdrop. The film and media showcase has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. Founded by Actor and Filmmaker Tanner Beard, who serves as President, the festival had its launch in 2018. Tomik Mansoori and Theo Dumont are Co-Founders of the Festival with Actress Alexandra Chando serving as Festival Manager.
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