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Big Spence's Milk Money shines at Bay Area debut in Berkeley California
Marcus 'Big Spence' Spencer debuts the first film from Touch The Heart Productions, "Milk Money" in Berkeley, CA.
Set in the year 2030 Milk Money is a futuristic tale detailing the hard-hitting quandary of the main character Banneker, played by the writer Big Spence. Films such as Milk Money, Fruitvale Station, and Basketball 3:16 all show the dichotomy urban men face between “keeping it real” and the moral, social, and sometimes religious beliefs they battle in doing so. Says writer, producer, and actor Pharoah Powell of Pharoah Films, “It's an age old question like Shakespeare said 'to be or not to be' the whole purpose of that question is how do you define yourself. And due to systematic disenfranchisement and the legacy of slavery black men in America seemed to have the hardest times defining themselves. As artists and men of color we have a duty to put forth art that reflects a positive image that can help those exposed to it begin to identify themselves in a truer nature as opposed to the pressure that society places on us to be real which usually means that we act out in an anti-social nature.”
A man of many talents, Big Spence received his handle from actor Will Smith. He began his acting career as a youth and since has worked on a myriad of films including Moneyball, Watch Phoenix Rise, and Pursuit of Happyness, where he met Smith. Desiring to be seen in front and back of the camera, Spence created Touch The Heart productions. TTH productions is a Christian production company created to produce inspirational films. Milk Money is the first film from the production company, where the next film The American Dream is in postproduction. TTH begins filming Set Me Free in August of this year.
In support of Milk Money were many independent filmmakers including Christopher Webb, Ramasses Head, Pharoah Powell, and M. Shawn Cunningham. The film was well received and left the audience with a bit of a cliff-hanger. Also appearing in the film are actors Alphonso Thompson, Phaethon Delvin Brown, Ahku, and singer Baby Jaymes. For more information on Milk Money visit the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/
Sources: Swagga Digital Magazine