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Here at Into Film, we are always looking to spotlight and champion interesting figures from across the film industry. With that in mind, it is our pleasure to present up-and-coming director, Jenkinson Denzel-Southern who is currently working on two feature films, is the head of his own studio and is offering an exciting filmmaking opportunity for young people from Black and/or working class backgrounds. Check out his story below!
I was born in the Netherlands, raised and made in Barking, East London, and seasoned in Kingston University. Through my seven-year journey as a director so far, I have been fortunate enough to make many short films and am currently in production on my first two features that I penned the screenplay for and am directing - G.O.A.T (2021) and Peanut Butter Cartel (2021). G.O.A.T is a 90s Saturday night adventure tale that relies on beautiful, fantasy-like imagery and Peanut Butter Cartel is a 1970s war heist flick that will have a dark rural barebones feel and look.
Beyond that, I am also the founder of my own production company, Mavrik Studios, which is about to launch an online filmmaking course for young and upcoming filmmakers named Mavrik: Academy. Beginning in February 2021 with initial sign up set for this December, the slots are for twelve teenagers, aged 13-18, from either Black and/or working class backgrounds. Stay tuned for more news and a public sign up option coming soon!
This scheme is very close to my heart as one part of my mission has always been to create a sustainable and successful funnel for the next generation of filmmakers. When I was starting out, there were not many filmmakers, if any, willing to take their time to put you on.
During my initial learning period, I realised very quickly there was not many people from a Black and working class background that did what I did and there was not a clear career roadmap for anyone from those backgrounds. Schemes and grants were available but they didn't seem to teach a filmmaker how to navigate the waters successfully on their own. When you come from those backgrounds, you sometimes feel invisible and of no value, which is a feeling that took me a while to grow out of and is something I often fall back into, especially within the current climate. However, it motivated me to create a a platform, no matter how small, so that no young filmmaker ever feels the same way that I did.
I am also working on the second season of Unicorn King; a six-episode series created to support charities that I've shot at home during the pandemic. My plan was always to establish and develop an audience for this, then slot in up-and-coming filmmakers from Mavrik Academy as times goes on, therefore establishing it as the place to see brand new, young and hungry talent.
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