- Nov. 2, 2018
-- "The Showman" offers a unique literary look into the life and times of Damon Christopher Smith, who's inspiring parallel life with childhood hero Muhammad Ali, led to an eventual lifelong friendship with the man they call "The Greatest of All Times." Raised among many of Harlem's world-famous entertainers and influencers, Damon followed in their footsteps as a promoter and businessman, only to watch in dismay as the hope of Harlem's famed Renaissance plunged into the recession and drug epidemic of the late 1970's and early 80's. After working closely with Ali, Damon took on a whole new fight of his own, returning to Harlem as a community activist, where he organized a community patrol and eventually won a hard-fought 2-year struggle against the very forces that were destroying so many young Harlem lives.
Aventine head Rob Travalino said, "Damon's incredible life is part Harlem history book, part memoir and part activist's journal. Most of all though, it's an inspiring tale of hope and redemption. Damon not only has a truly unique view on African American history, he grew into one of those rare souls that actually changed it!"About Aventine Hill Films
Founded in 2009, Aventine Hill Films is a unique and proven development and consulting company that specializes in transmedia narrative creation, producing and marketing. Aventine has created and developed TV shows for Disney and Discovery and done property engineering and story consulting for companies like Hasbro, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.http://www.aventinehillfilms.com