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The Life of Dr. Thomas Freeman

Dr. Thomas Freeman was an American lecturer in debate, orator, and preacher. His students included Martin Luther King Jr., Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and Mickey Leland.

The Life of Dr. Thomas Freeman is directed by Arlene Russell. It is our pleasure to interview her regarding his project.

What draws you to the language of cinema?

I am drawn to the language of cinema, because I can change the world through transformation, education and imagination. These changes are key elements in making an impact on the world.

How and when did you start studying films?

I was intrigued with cameras, so I decided to write a script and film my work. The rest is history.

When did you realize that you wanted to work in media and make films and what was the first film project that you created?

I realized watching films was my passion, so I decided to write, film and direct.

My first film was Casino Murder, a Murder Mystery based on a married man who had a gambling addiction. This Character had many enemies that wanted him dead, including his wife.

Which directors have been influential in your work and why?

My three favorite Directors are: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Ava DuVernay. These directors are pioneers in the film industry. What does it take to be a pioneer?

Each director has experienced disappointments and struggles. However, through these adversities, they managed to become aspiring leaders in the film community.

The reason I think they have become influential is because throughout the struggles they faced, no one gave up. They thrived.

How difficult is it to find the right audience for an indie film and what is your distribution strategy?

It is not hard to find the right audience for a film. Knowing your subject is half the battle. This allows a person an opportunity to target an audience based on the subject they are interested in.

Working on distribution!

What was the inspiration behind the making of your latest project?

The life of Dr. Thomas Freeman, a world-Famous Debate Coach at Texas Southern University. He died in 2020 at age 100.

My next film is The James Harrell Story. This film takes you inside the life of a black man, who was incarcerated and constantly facing negative stereotypes in his community. James over comes these hardships through holding on to his faith.

The next project is The Honorary Mayor Sandra Hines of Sunnyside, Texas. This film shows how Mayor Hines takes an underserved community to a level of rebuilding and hope.

My inspiration behind making these documentaries, was simple! All the characters had one thing in common, they deposited positive energies into the lives of others.

How can cinema change the world and have an impact on society?

Cinema can change the world through transformation, education and imagination. These changes are key elements in making an impact on the world

Please tell us about your next project.

Mayor Sandra Hines is committed to helping the residents of Sunnyside, TX and I wanted to share her story with the world.

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