He came from Washington, DC thirteen years ago and now calls Baltimore his home. He has had lead roles in ‘America’s Most Wanted’, ‘Frenemies’, ‘Nightmare Next Door’, ‘Deadly Affairs’ and ‘Evil Twins’. He has also been featured as an extra in ‘House of Cards’ with Kevin Spacey, ‘Parks and Recs’, and even played a Fuse TV video character. His name is Antonio Jefferson and he is on the verge of something big.
Jefferson and this writer held a telephone interview Tuesday, September 22, 2015 about his up and coming endeavor.
Jefferson has written (along with partner Tammy Meadows), filmed and edited a feature film called ‘Purpose’. ‘Purpose’ is the story of a detective named Kevin Smith whose longtime friend is the mayor. He, along with his partner, committed a dirty deed which has become a secret they both share. The deed, however, has been discovered and now the chickens have returned home to roost. After Kevin’s wife is kidnapped, he has a decision to make which will definitely jeopardize their friendship.
The film is not yet rated and runs for 91 minutes. A private screening of ‘Purpose’ was held Saturday September 19, 2015 at Paradox Entertainment on Russell Street, near Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. ‘Purpose’ is Jefferson’s first feature film, but it received a very good reception. The movie stars Antonio Jefferson, Archie Williams, Don Whatley and Donald Imm as the main characters.
The 42-year-old writer, producer and director said he wrote the film in one month and then shot and edited it in six months. He said he came up with the concept by just watching crime shows and allowing his imagination to run wild. He said the film evolved as the writing and filming progressed.
Jefferson said he had to work with and around the cast members who all maintain daytime jobs. Jefferson says he plans to release the film after finding a distributor. He has had offers from two companies, but is mulling over the benefits of each contract. Jefferson says he wants his audience to know that Baltimore still has awesome film makers on the rise.
Jefferson said he owns everything, so he can write, edit, produce and direct additional films. Within the past 4 years. Antonio Jefferson has starred in and/or produced 11 films. What’s next for Jefferson? He is working on a situation comedy entitled, ‘Sticky Business’.
He wants the next generation of actors, writers, editors, producers and directors to stretch themselves. He said, “Don’t just go to school and listen to what the film world tells you. Go out and do it. Get better at your craft. It’s better to learn by doing things than listening to others tell you about it”.
Jefferson can be reached via his website or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the official movie trailer of ‘Purpose’, click here.