Willie Minor, Irma P. Hall, Gregg Daniel, George Wallace, JoMarie Payton, Brandon Lewis, Anthony Fort
Seckeita Lewis is a new filmmaker born and raised in the city of Chicago, but currently living in the Dallas Fort Worth area. As a kid she was fascinated with special effects and movie magic. After seeing the movie FX , where robotics and programming were showcased as a part of the toolbox for the MaGyuver like star, she learned about animatronics, and was sold. It led her to a Bachelor’s and Master’s level education in Engineering and a lucrative career, but she found herself far from her passion of entertainment. She then shifted careers to Marketing to be more creative and learned about the art of storytelling from a different perspective through commercials and short form content. But something was still missing, she had stories she wanted to tell and bring to life from her own perspective.
Fate lead her to meet her husband and filmmaking partner, Brandon Lewis in 2008. After meeting Brandon and hearing a encouraging speech from icon Robert Townsend at a film festival, Seckeita picked up her Handycam and shot and directed her first short film, Dog on Shame, written by and starring Brandon and their dog Sydney in 2012. The lighting was bad, color was off and audio was horrible, but the story was hilarious. Seckeita then started to study the craft of filmmaking to step up her game and co-directed their second comedic short, City of Dreams (also starring Brandon) and her first documentary, Reslilent, a thoughtful look at the Black Catholic Church through the eyes of a 75 year old local parish in 2013. Both films were selected for regional festivals, Houston Comedy Festival and the Texas Black Film Festival respectively. This success validated her and Brandon’s passion and skill. The husband and wife team then established their company, Lewis Taylor Productions and completed the script for their first feature film, Jerico.
Jerico is a dramatic comedy that follows the story of best friends on a dangerous, yet hilarious journey for advancement during the restrictions of the Jim Crow South of the 1960’s. The ultimate message of the film is that a cycle of violence doesn’t lead to progress. This comedic satire of our history is intended to unarm our audience to let down their guard and laugh, cry, and connect across color lines for an unforgettable story. Seckeita is excited to take this big step towards her dream and says, “We are all constantly evolving and growing, we can’t be afraid to follow our dreams, to step out on faith and go after it!” “Everything about our story is wrong. We shouldn’t have been able to make this film, to attract the talent we did, to raise the money, but we did. The story had to be told and is begging to reach the world.”