Sunday, March 30, 2008
Janks Morton, film producer and the creator of the acclaimed DVD documentary, What Black Men Think, will kick-off the inaugural 2008 Honors Week Celebration at South Carolina State University with a limited screening and analysis of the film on Sunday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the 4 floor auditorium of Belcher Hall on the campus.
Sponsored by the SC State Honors Program Office, the Honors Week Celebration will commence on Sunday, March 30 – Saturday, April 5 with programs, events and activities designed to put a spotlight on the nuances of collegiate honors education and academic excellence among student scholars at the University.
In what Morton terms “the most provocative Black Film since Roots”, Janks Morton presents a searing examination of the role that myths, stereotypes and misperceptions have played in the decimation of modern era Black relationships, and how the symbiotic relationship between government, the media and special interests perpetuates misinformation to further marginalize the role of black men in society.
Morton is the founder of Iyago Entertainment Group, a multimedia production company. He states ‘the company came into existence to reflect both the consciousness and the unconsciousness soul of Black America’. He has also established Give Us Free Productions, Inc., a commercial production company which produces independent documentary, motion pictures and videos for distribution. He also serves as executive vice president of Jynxdacat Productions, a music production company. Morton has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years.
In delivering his first feature length documentary, What Black Men Think, Morton took on the role as producer, director, cameraman, lighting, editing, mixing, entrepreneur, graphic artist, actor, inspirational speaker and more.
His tribute to the perseverance of a cultural tradition, What Black Men Think, took nine months to complete. The testimonials of the current participants in this event, and their poignant recollections of those past, inspired the need to record the dynamics and significance of a heritage that is slowly being forgotten. He states “That I would have to make a film, just to prove that black men are not in the dire state that most media outlets would have you believe, demonstrates the confusion that exists in our community today”.
Morton has produced his latest film, What Black Men Think, about his personal journey to discover the genesis of the divisions in 21st century black relationships. It is now circulating at several film festivals, and the film DVD is available for purchase via Amazon.com.
Morton completed his first short documentary film production, 2OLD2PLAY: The Chicago LAN Fest, in summer 2006. 2OLD2PLAY: The Chicago LAN Fest is an exploration of the camaraderie and friendships shared by a close knit group of mature video game aficionados, set in an annual weekend gathering in Chicago. Morton is currently promoting WHAT BLACK MEN THINK through college tour dates (TBA), and public screenings throughout the country.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was brought to a deeper understanding of himself, his people's history, and the nature of his ancestor's achievements and challenges in Washington, DC. Janks Morton currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Ma.
This event is free and open to the University community and the public. Mr. Morton will have copies of DVDs of this documentary for sale after the presentation. For more information, contact the SC State Honors Program Office at (803) 533-3710.