Monday, May 2, 2011

Indie Film Maker Akil DuPont

Wow, were do i start? "Underground" a fabulous short story film directed by a name you might want to remember Mr. Akil DuPont. Written by Ariya Watty & Akil it is a slave story told through song. Featuring up and coming stars Ken Wester, Tomi Townsend & Nike Eaton, "Underground" follows a field slave who plans to escape from his oppressive plantation life after he discovers "master" is planning to sell off his young daughter.

I was pleasantly surprised after viewing this powerful journey into America's infamous past. Every aspect of movie film making was professionally covered in this film. The cinematography was well crafted, the editing was concise with the director's eye & the music was historically dramatized. Underground was produced by Allison Leger and was done as a Director School project at Florida State University (FSU film).

I know i'm tooting the proverbial horn for "Underground" but i'm not the only one. The film has won several film festival awards including:

* 1st place, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival-2010
* Best of Brouhaha, Florida Film Festival, Orlando -2011
* Best Short Film, San Diego Black Film Festival-2011
* Best Short Film, Texas Black Film Festival-2011
* 1st place, Palm Beach International Film Festival-2011
* Best Student Short, Tallahassee Film Festival-2011

These awards are given by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation or The Emmy Foundation***

* National College Television Award Winner-Best Use of Music-2011
* National College Television Award Nominee-Best Composition-2011

Akil DuPont was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL and attended FAMU where he graduated with his B.A. in Economics. Mr. Dupont furthered his craft in production design, directing, storytelling and the photography arts obtaining his MFA at the FSU film school. He's looking to develop his award-winning short film "Underground", into a feature-length film and is looking for financial & creative partners to collaborate with.

If you'd like to reach out to this up and coming Director contact him at or (850) 443-3883. Be sure to visit the website at

Support our new minds by getting this movie!!! You won't be disappointed...LONG LIVE INDEPENDENT FILMS!!!

*** Be sure to listen in on Akil DuPont's interview on "the Conversation" with host Author D.K. Garrison below...

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Milano Flascucci


  1. Dave, a close and distant friend.November 29, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Raw Talent(RT) is not something that is learned in the classroom. However, RT is buffed and polished through the instructions that are poured into it as a guide towards perfection. This RT comes from within the depths of ones being. all are given a talent of some sort.

    Akil DuPont has found his in Fine Arts and Economics. To know what seed you were cultivated from is just as valuable as the fruit that will be borne of the tree. The tree that withstands the winds of time will always bear strong seedlings.

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