Our latest podcast guest, Antoine Allen, shares his inspiring story of betting on himself in pursuit of his dreams. As a filmmaker who grew up poor in Jamaica, Queens, Antoine faced numerous challenges and setbacks along the way but never lost sight of his passion for storytelling.
In this episode, Antoine talks candidly about the sacrifices he made to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker, including being homeless. He also shares how he leveraged his resourcefulness and creativity to break into the industry and build a successful career as an independent filmmaker.
From navigating the ups and downs of Hollywood to creating meaningful work that reflects his experiences growing up in Queens, Antoine offers valuable insights into what it takes to succeed in a fiercely competitive industry. His story is one of persistence, resilience, and unwavering belief in oneself.
Tune into our latest episode to hear more from Antoine Allen on betting on oneself and overcoming adversity in pursuit of one's passions.
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BIO Antoine Allen
Antoine Allen Films (AAF) was founded by award-winning filmmaker, Antoine Allen, and is an independent production company that produces and distributes its own films. Antoine Allen Films prides itself in creating films that reflect the diversity of the human spirit.
Mr. Allen had dreams like any other kid growing up, and it was those same dreams that allowed him to break through every obstacle in his path. Despite growing up poor in Jamaica, Queens, Allen was already rich with potential. Refusing to let this define his future, he moved forward with a passion, drive, and tireless dedication that has now become synonymous with the Antoine Allen brand.
Mr. Allen began his career in the music industry, successfully managing independent hip-hop artists for many years. During that time, he had several experiences that opened his eyes to the fact that he had more to offer. It was at this time that the phrase "dream big or don't dream at all" really hit hard.
Foregoing the traditional film school route, he began educating himself on all creative, technical, and business aspects of the process and never looked back. Allen transformed himself into a successful writer, director, filmmaker and producer. He sold his first screenplay, No Where Land, an animated feature film in 2008. As an award-winning director, Allen has gone on to be involved in a variety of film and music video projects.
In the summer of 2010, Mr. Allen made his directorial debut with Split Decision, a narrative short film exploring love, rejection and motivation, which he also wrote and produced, eventually launching a highly successful social media campaign. The trailer alone received over twenty-one thousand views on YouTube and countless 'Likes' on Facebook, all culminating in the Split Decision world premiere. The opening screening in New York City sold out. This should have come as no surprise since Mr. Allen sold out a premiere to a 3-minute music video that he had previously directed. On a personal level, the film allowed him to draw from his own experiences of beating the odds when life got tough and was an experience that brought Mr. Allen full circle.
He has since made three successful feature length films - all of which premiered to sold out audiences - and his latest feature film, LOLA just screened at the 2020 American Black Film Festival.
Aside from pursuing his creative projects, Mr. Allen has devoted a great deal of his time inspiring, mentoring and giving back to his community by helping young entrepreneurs and artists achieve the bigger dreams that they have for themselves.
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