Living & Loving In The Moment http://www.livingandlovingmovie.com/ 2012/ 19 min 54 sec/ Color/HD/ English / USA Director/ Writer/Producer Jonathan A. Lewis Cast Phrederic Semaj. Joshua M. Watson, Monda Scott, Christina Ford Publicity, Sales and General Information: Jonathan A. Lewis Livingandlovingmovie@gmail.com (323) 301-‐8427
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This is a story about a father dying of cancer who has to find the strength and courage to be there for his 17-year-old son. Can he make a difference in his son’s life before he dies?
Synopsis This is a compelling story that surrounds a tight-knit African American family of three. Life seems to be headed in the right direction, for Allen (The Father). Then he finds out that he has an aggressive cancer, which will leave him dead within months. This news comes, right before his teenage son's 18th birthday. With only a few months left to live, he sets out to ensure that his son will have the essential tools such as wisdom and knowledge to make it in life, should he pass away. Along the way he has the support and unconditional love from his wife, Michelle
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A lot of people have asked me “Why did you write this story?” My reply is, “First and foremost I wanted to depict an African American family in a positive light.’’ Second, I’ve always been attracted to stories that show human beings in their ‘raw,’ most vulnerable form, and interacting with other human beings in assorted walks of life. As I reflect, I realize, the latter, will always be my answers, because that is what most satisfies my heart and soul. Being as though, I myself, am an African American man, and a director/writer; I feel as though I’ve been blessed with a passionate drive and platform to convey my message and artistic expression through cinema. When it came to putting all the intricate pieces together, I knew that I wanted a dynamic relationship between Allen and Kevin – father and son. Once I had the foundation everything else fell right into place. Ultimately I wanted to show a father’s unconditional love for his son and wife. Life is about connecting with loved ones and being selfless. ‘Living and Loving In The Moment’ means: To live without regret and love unconditionally in every circumstance – good or bad. To take time and appreciate the small things in life, like smelling flowers on a cool spring day, appreciating the beautiful songs that chirping birds sing in the morning, or just simply spending time with your family. It’s about finding those precious moments – that most people take for granted—and cherishing them like it’s your last day on earth. We’re here for moments; let’s make the best of it. -- Living & Loving.
Living & Loving In The Moment Cast Phrederic Semaj- Allen Baker Joshua M. Watson – Kevin Baker Monda Scott – Michelle Baker Christina Ford – Rachel Stevenson
Crew Director/Writer/ Producer -‐ Jonathan A. Lewis Co-‐ Writer-‐ Kay Heyman Executive Producer-‐ Rosemary Smith Line Producer-‐ Mary McDaniel Director of Photography-‐ Ricardo Cruz 1st AC -‐ Mitch Grzegorek 1st AC -‐ Ade Yinka 2nd AC – Jeffery Post Production Designer – Raymond Rodriguez
Gaffer/ Key Grip – Shawn Riechers Grips – Kenneth Prieto, Myke LaMarr, and Jason Ruiz Production Sound Mixer – Ronell Ellis Hair & Make-‐Up – Hillary Perkins and Alexander Armand Production Assistance – Jason Ruiz and Tionne Wilson Editor-‐ Nick Duke Music Composed & Performed by -‐ Jesse August Jennings Music Supervisor-‐ Patrick Jae Amunson Dialogue/ADR Editor -‐Matthew James Daugherty Background/ FX Editor-‐ Joshua Wesley Ellis Foley Artist – Erick Diaz Munoz Compositor/2D Tracker – Carlos Beltran
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Director & Cast Biography’s Jonathan A. Lewis – Director, Writer, Producer
Jonathan A. Lewis was born and raised in Pasadena, Ca. At a very young age he showed an immense interest in filmmaking. At age thirteen, using his dad’s camera, he wrote and directed his first short film. His initial like for filmmaking quickly became an obsession. At age eighteen, Jonathan attended Clark Atlanta University where he took an array of film courses under the watchful eye of his Professor, Dr. Herbert Eichelberger. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University and receiving a Bachelors of Arts in film, Jonathan decided to further his education. He attended The Los Angeles Film School where he began to flourish as a director. While in school, he excelled in all his directorial efforts, further cementing him as a director/ writer on the rise. His most recent directorial effort, Living & Loving In The Moment, is receiving immense positive reaction from viewers. Jonathan A. Lewis is currently in pre production on his next film.
Phrederic Semaj-‐ Allen Baker Phrederic Semaj is a native of San Diego California. He has trained with instructors such as; Larry B. Scott (Revenge of the Nerds), Chris Barnes (ABC's Life with Bonnie), Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry’s; For Better or Worse) and Ivana Chubbuck Masters Class. Phrederic Semaj portrayed Tom Robinson in the play "To Kill A Mockingbird,” which led to him winning the “Inland Theater League Award for Best Actor”, which sold out for 8 consecutive weeks. After his many television appearances, Phrederic landed the lead role for the HBO short, “Let’s Love Hate”, which was directed and written by famed actor Shia LaBeouf (Transformers). He ended out 2011 with a
heartfelt performance in Kinnik Sky’s “Sunday Mourning” playing the role of Christopher, which led the cast to seven NAACP Theater Nominations for 2012. Phrederic Semaj performed as the lead in Brandi Burks “Reap What You Sow” at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in front of a sell-‐out crowd and soon after performed in Brandi Burks “Come Sunday” at The City Of Refuge with an audience of almost 3 thousand people. His “leading man” film debut in “Living and Loving In The Moment,” won “The Viewers Choice Award” and “Audience Award” at The Valjean Friday Night Film Festival for 2013. Semaj’s next performance gained rave reviews as the lead in the critically acclaimed stage play “The Good Negro,” in which he gave a stellar portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. Phrederic Semaj isn't just another face showing his versatility in film, television and on stage. His plan is to continue to grow and develop his craft and he thanks God for the opportunity to share his talents with the World.
Joshua M. Watson At the age of 20, Joshua M. Watson relocated to Los Angeles, California leaving Tampa, Florida behind. Within six months he landed his first leading role. Now at the age of 22, he continues to grow tremendously as an actor studying his craft at the renowned Aaron Spieser acting studio. He has had leading roles in many films and theater productions such as "18", "The Application", and "Living & Loving In The Moment". He looks forward to the success of upcoming projects and those further down the line in his career.
Monda Scott Monda Scott is originally from Houston, Texas and grew up in San Diego, California. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last two years pursuing her acting Career. Monda Studied acting at Stella Adler and also studies the ‘Chubbuck Method.’ Some of Monda's recent work includes the film 'Wake' where she was the lead and the mother. ‘Wake’
is currently in postproduction. She also worked on the movie ‘Anna's Story’ which is now on lifetime and Netflix, and ‘The Original Stereotype’ which is also in postproduction. Monda has also been featured on the Emmy award-‐winning daytime show 'The Doctors' on numerous occasions. She also featured on the show 'Two Broke Girls’. Monda's favorite actors include Gary Oldman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Diana Ross and Helen Mirren. She strives to one-‐day be among one of the best actors. In her leisure time, Monda loves to read, dance, travel, exercise and meditate. Her favorite quote to live by is "Whether you believe you can, or believe you can't, either way you are right” -‐Henry Ford.
Christina Ford Christina is an actress from the Washington DC area and a graduate from Spelman College with a degree in Theater Arts. Her film and television credits include Hollywood Chaos, Douglass U, Dukes and the Duchess, Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP as well as hosting various music entertainment shows in Atlanta and New York City such as, Unsigned Hype TV, U TV, Vibeone TV, and Chris’ Music Concepts. She enjoys mentoring and empowering young women. Some of her favorite pastimes include traveling, teaching, the beach, and giving all the glory to God! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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