Sunday, April 29, 2018

Top Ten DVD List for May 1, 2018

by Kam Williams
 This Week's DVD Releases

Top Ten DVD List for May 1, 2018

In Between [A Taboo-Breaking Palestinian Drama]

Blaze [Classic Political Comedy Starring Paul Newman]

Mary and the Witch's Flower [Enchanting Animated Adveture]

12 Strong [The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers]

9 Pulse Pounding Films [Action Movie Collection]

Once Upon a Time [3 Lives, 3 Worlds, 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms]

90s Sitcom Starter Set [Seasons 1 & 2 Bundle]

Dear Murderer: Series 1 [Trials Are the Least of His Tribulations]

80s Overdrive [6 Movie Collection]

Maze Runner: The Death Cure [Every Maze Has an End]

Honorable Mention

All I Wish: A Little Something for Your Birthday [Never Stop Believing]

Paw Patrol: Summer Rescues [8 Warm Weather Episodes]

Smithsonian Channel: Civil War 360 [Panoramic, 3-Part Documentary]

NOVA: First Face of America [Forensic Analysis of 13,000 Year-Old Skeleton]

Nature: Sex, Lies & Butterflies [Birds and the Bees Documentary]

Followers [Be Careful What You Share Online]

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell [6th Installment in the Horror Franchise]

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Kam's Kapsules for movies opening May 4, 2018

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
by Kam Williams



Bad Samaritan (R for violence, drug use, pervasive profanity and brief nudity) A suspense thriller revolving around a car valet moonlighting as burglar (Robert Sheehan) who breaks into the home of one of the restaurant's rich customers (David Tennant) only to find a kidnapped woman (Kerry Condon) tied up there. With Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers and Lisa Brenner.

Overboard (PG-13 for suggestive material, profanity and partial nudity) Romantic comedy, loosely based on the 1987 classic of the same name, flips the script to revolve around a spoiled, filthy rich playboy (Eugenio Derbez) who is duped by his maid (Anna Faris) into believing they're married, when he develops amnesia after falling off his yacht. With Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz.

Tully (R for profanity, sexuality and nudity) Mackenzie Davis handles the title role in this New York City dramedy about a nanny who forges an unlikely friendship with the mother (Charlize Theron) of the three kids she's caring for. With Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston and Elaine Tan.


102 Not Out (PG for mature themes) Bollywood comedy based on a play of the same name about a 102 year-old geezer's (Amitabh Bachchan) attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man alive with the help of his 75 year-old son (Rishi Kapoor). Featuring Jimit Trivedi and Mukesh Hariawala. (In Hindi with subtitles)

The Cleanse (R for profanity and some sexual references) Midlife crisis comedy about an unemployed, heartbroken slacker (Johnny Galecki) who gets a new lease on life when he falls for a fellow lost soul (Anna Friel) at a spiritual retreat with a hidden agenda. With Oliver Platt, Anjelica Huston and Loretta Walsh.

The Con Is On (Unrated) Mob comedy about a couple of con artists (Tim Roth and Uma Thurman) who flee England for L.A. to pull a big jewel heist to repay a debt owed the notorious gangster (Maggie Q) on their tail. Supporting cast includes Sofia Vergara, Parker Posey and Crispin Glover.

The Desert Bride (Unrated) Paulina Garcia plays the title character in this romance drama, set in Buenos Aires, revolving around a 54 year-old housekeeper who falls in love with a traveling salesman (Claudio Rissi) soon after being fired by the family that had employed her for several decades. (In Spanish with subtitles)

The Guardians (R for violence and sexuality) Tale of female empowerment set in rural France during World War I where a matriarch (Nathalie Baye) hires a teenage orphan (Iris Bry) to help her daughter (Laura Smet) work the family farm while the men (Cyril Descours, Nicolas Giraud and Olivier Rabourdin) are fighting on the front lines. Supporting cast includes Glibert Bonneau, Xavier Maly and Mathilde Viseux. (In French with subtitles)

Ray Meets Helen (Unrated) Keith Carradine and Sondra Locke play the title characters in this romantic fantasy about two suddenly-wealthy strangers whose paths cross serendipitously. With Keith David, Jennifer Tilly and Kim Wayans.

RBG (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Reverential biopic chronicling the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Featuring commentary by Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg.

The Son of Bigfoot (PG for action, peril, mature themes and mild epithets) Animated adventure about a teenager (Pappy Faulkner) who embarks on an epic quest in search of his long-lost dad (Christopher L. Parson) only to discover that he's a legendary, ape-like creature.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Film Review by Kam Williams

Period Piece Features Halle Berry as Mom Frantically Searching for Kids during Rodney King Riots

On March 3, 1991, five LAPD officers were caught on camera beating an unarmed black man who had led them on a high-speed chase instead of pulling over as directed. That driver, Rodney King suffered a broken ankle, a broken cheekbone, and numerous skull fractures and chipped teeth in the assault by billy clubs. 
A year later, riots broke out all over South Central L.A. after a jury acquitted all the officers involved in the arrest. By the time the dust had settled a half-dozen days later, 63 people had died and thousands of businesses had been looted and burned to the ground, resulting in over a billion dollars in damages. 
What was it like in the midst of the chaos and conflagration? That was the challenge accepted by Deniz Gamze Erguven in mounting Kings, a surreal saga chronicling a foster-mom's frantic search for her missing kids at the height of the Rodney King riots. 
You may remember that the talented Turkish writer/director made a spectacular debut a couple of years ago with Mustang, a female-centric, coming-of-age adventure which landed an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. So, Kings is just Ms. Erguven's second feature-length movie, and her first in English. 
While the ambitious offering earns an A for the convincing way in which it recreates pandemonium, it only gets a C for coherency. For, the film unfolds less like a traditional narrative than a series of loosely-connected, impressionistic vignettes.

It stars Academy Award-winner Halle Berry (for Monster's Ball) as Millie Dunbar, an overworked single-mom with 8 foster kids. When civil unrest breaks out, she embarks on a quest to round them up with the help of her agoraphobic next-door neighbor, Obie, the last white guy living in the 'hood. The hunky shut-in, played by Daniel "007" Craig, summons up the courage to get out of the house for the sake of Millie's missing brood.

The plot thickens when the two are mistaken for looters by a gruff cop (Kirk Baltz) too overwhelmed by the situation to listen to any explanations. Millie and Obie end up handcuffed to each other which might not be entirely bad, since the close quarters affords them an opportunity to get better acquainted. So who knows, the old maid might even find a man in the midst of the mayhem. 
This otherwise grim period piece arrives blessed with a retro soundtrack featuring James Brown's African-American anthem "Say It Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud," Bill Withers' haunting, R&B classic "City of the Angels," and Nina Simone's searing rendition of "Ooh Child." Nevertheless, consider Kings a harrowing descent into depravity that makes The Florida Project look like Leave It to Beaver.

Very Good (3 stars)
Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity
Running time: 92 minutes
Production Studios: Bliss Media/ CG Cinema / Maven Pictures
Distributor: The Orchard Company

To see a trailer for Kings, visit:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Film Review by Kam Williams

Hollywood Has-Beens Seek Revenge on Crooked Promoter in Campy Action Comedy

Back in the Eighties, Keith Mahar (Russell Peters) was a child actor who found fame playing the young sidekick to charismatic Adam King (Clancy Brown) on a hit TV series. But after the show was canceled, Keith's career collapsed and his parents frittered away his pay by the time he became an adult.

Consequently, he's been reduced to eking out a living on one of the lowest rungs of the showbiz ladder. Namely, he spends his weekends signing autographs and posing for pictures at nostalgic comic conventions run by Adam and attended by crazed fans wearing costumes of their favorite characters.

Keith and his fellow has-beens have no idea that Adam has been skimming money off the top of the purse with the help of his trash-talking assistant, Gil (Mike Epps). But when evidence of the scam surfaces, he and a few other fading stars hatch an elaborate plan to rob the crooked promoter rather than report the theft of services to the authorities.
That is the improbable point of departure of Supercon, a campy action comedy directed by Zak Knutson (Milius). Provided you're willing to buy into the picture's wacky premise, you're likely to find the ensuing turn of events entertaining.

Knutson certainly assembled a talented cast to execute the zany script he co-wrote with Andy Sipes and Dana Snyder. Among the thespians featured are comedian Mike Epps, two-time Oscar-nominee John Malkovich (for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire) and Maggie Grace, who played Liam Neeson's daughter in the riveting suspense thriller Taken. And making an uncredited appearance as Gil's gay bodyguard is Tyrus, the WWE wrestler-turned-talking head on the Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld Show. 
It's hard to take any of Supercon's over-the-top silliness seriously, and the increasingly-bizarre hijinks are just funny enough to recommend for open-minded folks not easily offended by patently politically-incorrect fare.

Good (2 stars)
Rated R for crude sexual content, gay slurs, pervasive profanity and drug use
Running time: 98 minutes
Production Studios: Momentum Productions
Distributor: Archstone Distribution

To see a trailer for Supercon, visit:

Melinda Janko

The “100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice” Interview
with Kam Williams

Melinda's Native Agenda!

Upon graduating cum laude from Emerson College, Melinda Janko founded Turning Point Productions, a company that specializes in producing promotional videos for the non-profit sector. In 2003, she relocated to Southern California where she formed Fire in the Belly Productions after learning about Elouise Cobell's lawsuit over the mismanaged Indian Trust Fund.

Outraged by the injustice, she vowed to bring the story to the world. She spent the next two years researching and building relationships of trust with Native American leaders, and was eventually granted exclusive permission to crisscross the country with Elouise.

Filming of 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice began in Washington, D.C. and took place on tribal lands in many states. Melinda gained access to previously tight-lipped, high-level officials of the Department of the Interior, and to U.S. senators, congressmen, the judge presiding over the case and the lead attorney, and a number of Native American beneficiaries of the Indian Trust Fund.

In March of 2018, she was recognized by the PBS “Shatter the Lens” campaign celebrating women “in front of and behind the lens” in honor of Women’s History Month. Earlier this year, Melinda also received the Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award from the Indie Fest Film Awards.

Here, she talks about the making of 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, 

Melinda Janko and Elouise Cobell

Kam Williams: Hi Melinda, thanks for the interview.
Melinda Janko: Thank you Kam, it’s my pleasure.

KW: How did you become aware of Elouise Cobell?
MJ: In 2002, I read a story in Mother Jones magazine about the broken Indian Trust and Elouise Cobell’s fight for justice.

KW: What inspired you to turn her story into a movie?
MJ: I was so outraged by the injustice that I vowed to bring her story to the world. I thought, if the United States government can treat a minority of people this way, then how safe are the rest of us?

KW: Her fight with the government lasted 30 years. How did you go about telling that story in less than two hours?
MJ: Very carefully. I realized that her story was long and dealt with a very complicated lawsuit. It was a huge challenge. At first, I set out to tell it as an advocacy piece. But I never imagined that Elouise would win. That was before I met her. After following her for many years and hearing her say,“the stars are aligned for justice for Indian people,” I just knew in my gut that she would overcome. So, as we were waiting for more funding, the story was unfolding, and it came to pass. In the end, we came full circle. It was a long 14-year wait, but it became a stronger story because of the wait. Also, I had an incredible team behind me to collaborate on such a complicated story, which took over 2 years in post-production.

KW: Was it hard balancing between the exploitation of Native-Americans and Elouise's dedication to her people's cause?
MJ: No, I always felt that this story was about contrast. It was about the power of big government versus the powerlessness of the people. And I was very lucky to have Elouise Cobell as my main character to drive the story. It was extremely hard seeing the exploitation of Native people, and there were many moments after filming when I had to step aside to pull myself together. That’s what I wanted the audience to feel, their pain and her resolve.

KW: Why do you think the U.S. government got away with breaking treaty after treaty after treaty for so many generations?
MJ: Because it's not merely above the law... it IS the law! I don’t believe there was any treaty it really intended to keep.

KW: How was Elouise able to succeed in her class action lawsuit?
MJ: Pure grit and determination! She was tough as nails and would not back down. She came from a long line of very strong warriors in her family and was also motivated by what occurred at Ghost Ridge in the winter of 1894 when 600 Blackfeet Indians starved to death because of a shortage of government food rations. She was very much fighting for them.

KW: Native-Americans continue to languish on reservations where they lag behind virtually all other ethnic groups in terms of education, income and housing. What do you see as the solution for their plight?
MJ: I feel very strongly that, if the United States government adequately provided for housing, education and healthcare as promised through the treaties, they would be much better off. But because they have to fight for everything they get, it perpetuates a vicious cycle of grinding poverty. There’s a joke in Indian country that if you’re going to get sick or need an operation, you better do it before June, because the funds will run out after that. Not too funny to me, but the Native people are resilient and laugh more than any people I know.

KW: What message do you want people to take away from 100 Years?
MJ: I want people to be inspired by Elouise Cobell’s story. If an indigenous woman from a poverty-stricken tribe can face down the most powerful government in the world and win, then there are no excuses for any of us. Her story is about the power of one.

KW: This was your first feature-length film. Are you already working on another?
MJ: I am in the research stages of another crisis in Indian country, namely, all the missing and murdered Native women.

KW: What was the last book you read?
MJ: "Yellow Dirt." It is the tragic story about how uranium mining poisoned the lands of the Navajo.
KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory?
MJ: My earliest childhood memories are of playing with my cousins and visiting with my grandparents in Ohio. And the trauma of being pulled out of my first grade class to say goodbye to my teacher, cousins and grandparents because my family was moving to Miami, Florida, where we had no family.

KW: I'm sorry you went through that. Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?
MJ: Yes I come from what I call “generational faith,” 9 generations of Christians who believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

KW: Amen, sister! What is your favorite dish to cook?
MJ: Brownies and Key lime pie!

KW: Sherry Gillam would like to know what is the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
MJ: That everything that has happened to me in life, good or bad, has made me who I am today. I should celebrate them all.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
MJ: An overcomer!
KW: What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
MJ: Expose the U. S. government.

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
MJ: For there to be no more suffering in the world.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
MJ: Yes. What made you think you could take on such a big story having never done a feature-length documentary? I felt it was my calling. Just as it was Elouise’s calling to file the lawsuit, and Judge Lamberth’s calling to preside over it, it was my calling to expose it through the power of film. I knew that if I had God on my side I could do anything!

KW: Judyth Piazza asks: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
MJ: The 4 P’s: Passion, Persistence, Patience, and Perseverance.

KW: Finally, Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet?
MJ: Not much... I’m an independent doc filmmaker. [Laughs]

KW: Thanks again for the time, Melinda, and best of luck with all your endeavors.
MJ: Thank you, Kam for recognizing the importance of 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice.

To see a trailer for 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, visit:

To learn more about 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, visit:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Top Ten DVD List for April 24, 2018

by Kam Williams

This Week's DVD Releases

Liquid Sky [Groundbreaking Cult Film on Blu-Ray for First Time]

Paddington 2 [Reunite with Your Favorite Bear]

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [Highlights from 2014 - 2017 Induction Ceremonies]

Grease [40th Anniversary Playbook]

Henry Miller: Asleep & Awake [An Exploration of the Literary Giant's Mind]

Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Backstabbing for Beginners [True Tale of Corruption by Former UN Employee]

Den of Thieves [Action-Packed Heist Thriller]

Digimon Adventure Tri. - Loss [The Time Draws Near]

Forever My Girl [Find Your Way Back Home]

Honorable Mention

Bill Nye: Science Guy [One Man's Mission to Make Science Matter]

PBS Masterpiece: A Child in Time [Based on Ian McEwan's Bittersweet Novel]

Impossible Builds: Volume 1 [5 Futuristic Architectural Projects]

Survival Guide for Pain-Free Living [With Peggy Cappy]

Masterpiece Mystery! Unforgotten [Season 1]

Masterpiece Mystery! Unforgotten [Season 2]

Friday, April 20, 2018

Kam's Kapsules for movies opening April 27, 2018

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
by Kam Williams



Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13 for profanity, crude references, intense action and pervasive violence) 19th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and the 3rd in the Avengers franchise finds the fearless team of superheroes joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to thwart the attempt of a diabolical despot (Josh Brolin) to destroy the universe. Cast includes Robert Downey, Jr, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Zoe Saldana.


Backstabbing for Beginners (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Political thriller, based on Michael Soussan's memoir of the same name, about a UN employee (Theo James) who uncovers corruption involving his boss (Ben Kingsley) in Iraq's Food-for-Oil program. Featuring Jacqueline Bisset, Rachel Wilson and Brian Markinson.

Disobedience (R for graphic sexuality) Tale of forbidden love about a couple of lesbian lovers (Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) separated in their teens by their Orthodox Jewish community whose mutual attraction reignites when reunited years later. With Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser and Cara Horgan.

Kings (R for violence, sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity) Suspense thriller, set in South-Central L.A. in 1992, revolving around a single-mom's (Halle Berry) effort to bring her eight foster kids home when riots break out in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. With Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson and Rachel Hilson.

Let the Sunshine In (Unrated) Romantic romp revolving around a Parisian painter (Juliette Binoche) with a parade of flawed suitors, including a married banker (Xavier Beauvois), a neurotic actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and an artist afraid of commitment (Alex Descas). With Clairw Tran, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Gerard Depardieu. (In French with subtitles)

Love & Bananas (Unrated) Endangered species documentary chronicling the daring mission led by Thai conservationist Lek Chailert to rescue a blind, 70 year-old elephant kidnapped by poachers. Featuring Carlos Trevino, Fred Zimmerman and Allison Ward.

Rogers Park (Unrated) Midlife crisis dramedy examining the intertwined lives of two troubled couples (Antoine McKay and Sara Sevigny, and Jonny Mars and Christine Horn) living in the Windy City's most diverse neighborhood. With Fred Zimmerman, Allison Howard and Brian King.

Selfie Dad (Unrated) Comedian Michael, Jr. plays the title character in this kitchen sink comedy as a cash-strapped father who tries to support his family by launching his own Youtube channel. Cast includes Chondra Pierce, James Denton, Karen Abercrombie and Shelby Simmons.

Supercon (R for crude sexual content, pervasive profanity and drug use) Ensemble comedy about a struggling, former child actor (Russell Peters) who joins forces with a few other fading stars (Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten and Brooks Braselman) to even the score with a crooked nostalgia convention promoter (Mike Epps) and an overbearing TV executive (Clancy Brown). With Dana Snyder, Josh Perry and Candi Brooks.

The Test & the Art of Thinking (Unrated) Rite of passage documentary exposing the cultural bias in the SAT and ACT, the standardized tests serving as proving grounds for college-bound high school students.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deon Taylor

The “Traffik” Interview
with Kam Williams

The Hardest Working Brother in Hollywood!

Deon Taylor is a boundary-crashing, envelope-pushing, unabashed, creative force in the world of film and television. In Hollywood, roles vary and job functions are often blurred and blended – for talent, creatives, filmmakers, storytellers, show runners, producers and high-level executives alike. Few people, if any, in Hollywood exhibit the capacity and multidisciplinary skill set necessary to bridge multiple functions and roles successfully. Deon Taylor is one of the few who can – and does. 
A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Deon is a hybrid artistic force and savvy producer. His work is innovative, his writing is cutting-edge and his vision is distinctive. As a creator, he has forged his own unique path through Tinseltown and into theaters and onto TV screens, to the delight of audiences seeking fresh, original content with a unique voice.

Deon succeeds because he is always thinking outside the box - juggling projects with perfect aplomb while incubating ideas that others in the industry wouldn’t dare to pursue. Creativity and storytelling are the heart and soul of the global entertainment industry. With that mantra in mind, Deon runs his own thriving, independent film and production company, Hidden Empire Film Group (HEFG) formerly known as Deon Taylor Enterprises (DTE), which he launched in 2000.

Deon has written, co-written and directed dozens of films, TV series and special projects and HEFG produces a diverse array of larger budgeted projects, born of Taylor's boundless energy as a multi-hyphenate visionary and pioneer.

He successfully ventured into comedy in 2016 with his horror spoof “Meet the Blacks,” starring Mike Epps, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Zulay Henao and King Batch. The film became a massive breakout hit and gained a cult following since opening in the Top Ten at the box office.

The popularity of “Meet the Blacks” led to a recently completed sequel, which Taylor also directed, wrote and produced. Due to hit theaters in late 2018, the sequel, titled “The House Next Door” stars comedy icons Mike Epps and Katt Williams, who last starred together in the hit “Friday After Next."

Deon also recently wrote, directed and produced the thriller “Motivated Seller” starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Megan Good, and produced, with Jamie Foxx, the comedy feature “All-Star Weekend,” starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr – directed by Jamie Foxx.

All of his films have been financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert F. Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Private Equity Firms in the world with approximately $3 billion in capital under management. Another partner is Roxanne Avent - a thought-provoking and visionary producer and executive with a powerful business aptitude, who steers HEFG.

Deon has a background in marketing, sports and promotions. A Nike All-American basketball player from Gary, Indiana; he earned a biology degree at San Diego State University on a full basketball scholarship where he was named the conference's "Newcomer of the Year." He went on to play professionally and still competes weekly in the NBA Entertainment League out of Los Angeles.

Here, Deon talks about his new film, “Traffik” - an intense sex-trafficking thriller starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Omar Epps, William Fichtner and Roselyn Sanchez.

Kam Williams: Hey Deon, thanks for the interview.
Deon Taylor: Hey!! Thanks for having me, Kam.

KW: What inspired you to write Traffik?
DT: The film was inspired locally, by my reading an email from my daughter's school telling us that kids were being trafficked at the local mall. So, I took an interest in trafficking and began to Google and do research. I was surprised to find out that this was a rapidly-growing epidemic all across the country. That's what originally inspired me to write the screenplay.

KW: How would you describe the film in 25 words or less?
DT: Informative... Intense... Scary... Funny... Dynamic... Heroic... It's a movie that will shake you to the core, that does not play by the rules and which ultimately leaves you with valuable information you should know about trafficking.
KW: How did you go about assembling such an impressive cast?
DT: Assembling a cast was extremely hard, as an independent filmmaker. What I had to do was basically reach out to people... get phone numbers... push... drag...scream... cry... and beg. Anything to get people to listen to a pitch and to ultimately read the screenplay.

KW: What message do you want people to take away from the film?
DT: To be vigilant about trafficking on a daily basis. Trafficking not only affects strangers' lives, but it could touch yours, too. It could be as close as your next door neighbor.
KW: You played basketball professionally before becoming a filmmaker. When did you develop an interest in movies?
DT: I loved films growing up, especially in junior high and high school, but I never gave any thought to becoming a writer or filmmaker until I was in Germany. Over there, I realized that I wanted to be involved with movies and I began by writing a screenplay which I brought home with me. I figured it out on my own, and the bug just stayed with me for a long time. I just was like, "I gotta do this!"

KW: How do you explain your being so prolific?
DT: I don't know how to answer that. I'm just trying to make films and do art and be the best me. I'm trying to figure out how do you create a world where you can constantly be a storyteller and get your projects out to the masses. I think what a lot of people are witnessing is, my passion, drive, and energy and the power of intention. My intent is to be successful.

KW: What is your earliest childhood memory?
DT: My earliest childhood memory is... I actually have a lot of them. Riding in the back of a 1978 Impala with zebra seats with my mom and my great uncle. And driving from Detroit to Gary, Indiana after my mom had just bought her first car, I just remember riding in the back seat. It's an incredible memory for me.
KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?
DT: Chicken all day every day. Chicken! Chicken! Chicken! Chicken!

KW: Sherry Gillam would like to know what is the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
DT: Be true to yourself. Don't live for anyone else. Find your own path. Live your own life and be the best you, and everything else will fall into place.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
DT: A flawed human who is trying to do right and be right and to lead by example versus words.

KW: What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
DT: No comment. [Laughs]

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
DT: That my family be prosperous and healthy for as long as possible.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
DT: No one has ever asked my what's my favorite ice cream, and I'm gonna answer it today. It's a Dairy Queen Blizzard with M&M's and chocolate syrup.

KW: “Realtor to the Stars” Jimmy Bayan asks: What’s your dream locale in Los Angeles to live?
DT: If there was a way to get a house, like a flat, in Beverly Hills that would be incredible. I've just driven through that area so many times and looked at those houses and just wondered what it would be like to live there. I think that would be kind of cool.

KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: Is there a classic film you'd like to remake?
DT: There are several I'd love to remake: Cujo, The Warriors and Cooley High. I think one of the most fun to redo would be Big Trouble in Little China.

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Do you have a favorite movie monster?
DT: Of course, I do. Freddie Kruger!

KW: Finally, as Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet?
DT: Nothing! I'm a broke, struggling filmmaker trying to make it.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Deon, and best of luck with Traffik.
DT: Thank you so much, Kam.

To see a trailer for Traffik, visit: