It is true that in this industry we all have to start somewhere.. However, this individual did not just start anywhere. He started right next door, at Clark Atlanta University, the institution in which I am currently receiving my Film education while attending Spelman College.
BRYAN BARBER is a fantastic Filmmaker that began studying under one of my dearest mentors, "Dr. E" here in the AUC, during his undergraduate schooling experience. Since, he has definitely made a name for himself in the industry.
It is not every day that you walk down the street and come across a creative mind like that of Bryan Barber's. With a strong relationship with the outstanding music group Outkast, the three master minds have put their heads together for years to create visual greatness to complement the music. Having directed numerous (theatrical) music videos for the music group, Barber was also the director of the 2006 film Idlewild.
As always, On The Apple Box is always here to deliver.... and this week I had the opportunity to network with Mr. Barber while he came to speak to some of the young film students in the AUC. With many insightful and motivational words in regards to the film industry, I walked away from our discussion with much excitement and energy to continue in my personal pursuits as a filmmaker/artist. One thing we can all learn from Barber's story is that we all do start somewhere, and he started right here in the AUC, so if he can do it, we can do it. BE Passionate On The Apple Box!
For those of you who have yet to watch the film Idlewild, don't forget to check out the creative genius: