Every now and then you come across a film that you know will touch the hearts of many. This film is about innocence lost by necessity. It is powerful and encouraging story as to what you can face when you have to. It is about secrets to protect. All of which we all have faced for our survival at times. There is a quote from this film that hit me like a ton of bricks. That quote being, “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible”. That resonated with me on such a deep level as most of you may understand during my near death auto accident and all throughout my recovery and to date. Please read about Malcom Jones and his project/film, “The Magic City”
Born to traditional Jamaican parents, R. Malcolm Jones was not initially encouraged to pursue a career in filmmaking. Instead, he was told to focus on less artistic pursuits such as business and accounting. But, as a child, he spent many an afternoon creating his first music videos with the use of two VCRs and a boom box. Raised by a mother who juggled two jobs while keeping up with his schooling and extracurricular activities, he excelled in the arts, especially poetry, early on in school. Further showcasing his talent in the arts and entertainment world, he once even planned, promoted, and successfully executed a Tupac Shakur concert. At the tender age of 19 and still an unknown, successful endeavors such as this proved that he had what it took to make it in the entertainment industry.
This was only the beginning of what Malcolm was destined to accomplish. The work that he put in and the impression he made upon one of his college professors helped land him a full scholarship to the University of Miami. It was there that he decided to pursue a career in film. He worked tirelessly to secure his place in the industry he aspired to conquer, taking extra classes during breaks and doing a great deal of outside research. He was granted the prestigious Eastman Kodak Scholarship during his sophomore year, an honor that few undergraduates receive. This, along with other honors, including the Merrit Scholarship, gave him the boost that he needed to soldier on. At graduation, he was approached by legendary music producer Quincy Jones who encouraged him to continue his film career.
From there he has gone on to direct music videos. He has worked with artists such as Nas, Avril Lavigne, Pharrell Williams, T.I., The Game, R. Kelly, Fat Joe, Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Wayne, Diddy, Clipse, Rick Ross, Lil’ Mama, Paul Wall, Pitbull, Trick Daddy, Birdman, Yummy Bingham, Slim Thug, Jadakiss, Eightball and MJG, and T-Pain. His most recent works include “Sexy Can I” by Ray J., “Shawty Get Loose” by Lil’ Mama featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, “My Drink N My 2 Step” by Cassidy featuring Swizz Beats, “Crying Out For Me” by Mario, “Hairbraider” by R. Kelly, and Lil’ Mama’s dramatic short film-like video, “L.I.F.E.” But it doesn’t stop there! Malcolm has been filming his first feature film “The Magic City.” It doesn’t take a very strong lens to see that R. Malcolm Jones will continue to conquer uncharted territory and accomplish inspiring feats that even he can only dare to dream possible.
R.Malcolm Jones to Screen His Film “The Magic City” at 22nd Annual Pan African Film Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Miami, Florida February 3, 2014 – Award winning Director R.Malcolm Jones has been slated to screen The Magic City at the 22nd Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angles on February 12,13th and 16th.
“The Magic City”, written and directed by R.Malcolm Jones is motion picture based on hope and resilience played out in an atmosphere of unforgiving and sometimes insurmountable tragedies. Characters Tiana, Nia and Amiya initially adversaries find a lifelong friendship thorough hope and adversity in one of Miami’s gritty and unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City. The film is Executive Produced by Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem and is Co- Executive produced by music executive, Vincent Herbert. The film won awards for “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” at the 2013 Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta.
“The Magic City” stars Jenifer Lewis – Black Reel Award winner, Annie Award nominee and two times Image Award nominee, Keith David-two time Emmy Award winner, two times Daytime Emmy Award Nominee and Annie Award nominee, Jamie Hector- 2011 Black Reel Award nominee, breakout character in HBO’s The Wire and introducing Latrice Jackson, LaShay Jackson ,Amiya Thomas,Coi Collins and Taj Collins. Amiyah Thomas has been nominated by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) for Best Actor in this film.
Director, R.Malcolm Jones, also owner of New Revolution Studios, is a graduate of the University of Miami and best known as a music video director with over 100 credits.He as been nominated by both MTV and BET for Best Music Video Director. His music video credits include R.Kelly, Flo-rida, Avril Lavgine,Chris Brown, T-Pain, Fat Joe, Mario, Ray J and Jordan Sparks. Jones has also directed commercials for HBO, BET and CMT. R.Malcolm Jones has made personal appearance as a guest on BET’s Top 25 Countdown and was a featured director for Vh1’s Hogan Knows Best, MTV’s Making The Video and BET’s All Access Granted.
The Magic City will screen at the Rave Cinemas 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 90008 Los Angles California on Wednesday February 12th at 3:20 pm and Thursday February, 13th at 7:50pm. The film’s final screening will be Sunday February 16th at 7:10pm. For more information about R.Malcolm Jones or his participation at the 22nd Annual Pan African Film Festival, please contact Lisa Jackson, Publicist at Ljpmedia@gmail.com
Watch :The Magic City Official Trailer