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Two Unlikely Business Owners Bring Lil Haiti Stage Play To South Florida
After SOLD OUT debut of stageplay in Broward County, Florida Memorial University and Florida International graduate team up to bring "Untold" Haitian story to Miami.
Florida Memorial University and Florida International graduate team up to bring Untold Haitian story
After a sold out debut in Broward county, "LIL HAITI" The stage play invades Miami for one night only. Jermell Jenkins and Damien Mcknight are two unlikely business owners. Their story is the definition of being in the right place at the right time. Jermell Jenkins the CEO of Spase Designz Inc (a marketing and advertising company) had just made the difficult decision to leave South Florida to pursue a film directing career in Los Angeles, Damien Mcknight a Psychologist a Miami native relocated to Philadelphia to pursue a career and higher education opportunities but what the subsequent founders of Brainspeed Productions would soon find out is that their lives would cross again and Miami would be the rebirth of their booming business. "We where in gifted classes together in elementary school but after grade school we barely kept in touch" states Jermell. "Jermell was always the loud one, I was more reserved and calculated but we where the best of friends during those times" exclaims Damien. Fast forward more than a decade later after a mutual friend notified Damien that Jermell was in LA pursuing a directing career, ironic enough Damien himself had become a proven script writer and had written over 10 playwrights and scripts. After a few catch up phone calls and emails, Damien sent Jermell the "LIL HAITI" script and the rest you can say is history. Jermell immediately seeing the marketing potential for the play left LA and moved back to Miami and this Memorial Day when all of the "experts" told the duo that "nobody goes to plays on Memorial weekend", well foolish pride convinced them both to continue with their plans, subsequently the stage play had standing room only and sold out the 700 plus seating Miramar Cultural Arts Theater. But more importantly the excellent reviews have been pouring in, so much they where forced to schedule an encore performance, Saturday June 26th at the Julius Littman Performing Arts theater located at 17011 NE 19 Ave. The show starts at 8:00pm doors open at 7:00pm for a networking lounge. Patrons are encouraged to bring their business cards. Tickets are $20 in advance. "Its crazy I still remember it like yesterday I sent Jermell the script and he said I will read a few pages, he called me back in 45 minutes and said he read the full 109 page script and that we are doing this in Miami next year, well I guess he was right" states Damien. For more information on the stage play or to purchase tickets online visit citynmb.com/
Damien Mcknight – President / Writer
Mcknight is a little Haiti native who began writing this movie two years ago after reminiscing with friends about the hard times in their neighborhood. Mcknight has written over 7 screenplays and as the President of BrainSpeed productions, his ultimate goal is to bring the movie business to life is his hometown of Miami Florida as well as showcase all of the talent that South Florida has to offer. Mcknight currently lives and works in Philadelphia and has written, produced and filmed a sitcom pilot that he is currently shopping. A 1999 graduate of FIU and Master’s level Graduate of Temple University, McKnight’s ultimate goal for writing “Little Haiti” is to uncover Miami’s dark little secret about Haitians in the late 80’s.
Jermell Jenkins - Vice President / Executive Producer
Jermell Jenkins comes to BrainSpeed productions with over seven years of marketing and advertising experience, Mr. Jenkins started his first company Spase Designz Inc (a promotions agency) out of the living room of his home in 2003 and has since taken South Florida by storm producing and overseeing marketing for over 200 quality and highly grossing events. Such events as the "5th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Concert series,(featuring Mary J. Blige, John legend and Robin Thicke respectfully)
Yonel Aris - Director
Armed with a mission and equip with skill, God and an authentic gift to motivate, educate, inspire and entertain, Yonel Aris, age 26, is an accomplished young playwright, director and actor.
Aris started writing plays at the age of fifteen. As a struggling reader, Aris was determined to follow his dreams of becoming a writer and director. A recent graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in Theatre, Aris has written and directed several plays. He has worked with celebrated names in the industry as; Angela Dunlap Borrows, writer of the following stage plays: "Why do Good Girls Like Bad Boys" and her most recent production, "Gossip, Secrets and Lies" which was directed by Clifton Powell.
If you would like more information on BrainSpeed Productions, or to interview actors / executives please call 786.413.8045 or email email@example.com
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About BrainSpeed Productions
BrainSpeed productions in a short time has hit the pavement running. The company headed by President Damien McKnight is built on strong foundation and insight into the future that South Florida will be a leading purveyor of fine arts. With the untapped cultural art talent base that South Florida provides, BrainSpeed intends to dig deep into these reservoirs and produce high quality and first class theatrical productions. BrainSpeed has two more stage plays, 1 short film and four scripts in pre production; we are ready and prepared for the future.