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Padlock Men
United States, 2016, 16 min., Color, English
BLOCK 7 A Dying 86 yr. old Barber Walter Posey Fodrell on his last day to live shares a memoir of a historically unknown secret pact between John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King & Malcolm X that sparked one of the greatest untold stories in Civil Rights history. "The Awakening" is the genesis of what would eventually become a gritty stalwart band of Secret Civil Rights Soldiers known as the 'PADLOCK MEN'
Lewis T. Powell
Lewis T. Powell
Lewis T. Powell, Wayne Witherspoon, Leslie Wong
Rowan Glenn
Production Design
Jennifer Williams
Jordan O'neill
Lewis T. Powell, Bobby Reed, Jermaine Williams, Antonio D. Charity, Alex Weed, Sade E. Moore, Lewis T. Powell SR.
Eric Ulbrich- Director of Photography,
Costume Design
Yasmine Abraham
Associate Producer
Markell Spivey

Director Bio
Lewis T. Powell (Lew) a native of Washington, DC a master Barber by family trade, his father a barber of 47 yrs along with 17 barbers in his extended family, he started off as a sweeper at his family's barbershop at age 5. He graduated from Howard University, on a writing scholarship with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management and has studied at UCLA taking the Feature Film Development class under Sebastian Twardosz. Powell as an actor has been training over the years starting in college with various teachers and techniques in Washington DC from Howard's theater dept. to the Los Angeles area; training with Ivan Markota / Van Marr Academy, Judith Weston, Actors Comedy Studio, AIDA - Australian Actors Institute and the Beverly Hills playhouse. Achieving over 20 plus Television & Film acting credits from a recurring Guest Star role as Officer Norman on NBCʼs CSI Las Vegas to spots on shows Dexter, Bones, MOM, ER, the Sony released film Squatters, Beauty & the Broken. He also has several national and international commercials under his belt from clients such as Subaru, Quickbooks, Modelo beer and more. Powell also worked as Head of Development for 3 yrs with Comedian Affion Crockett at the onset of his of his FOX debut show ‘In The Flow’ developing under Affionʼs banner Lejan Ent. up to 22 projects pitching thru various producers and agents at CAA ranging from sitcoms, reality shows and gaming properties. Lewis has Produced, Directed and Produced several films and music videos. His first feature was Urban Killas in 1998, and his last feature film entitled How 2 Build A Rapper ‘ The JP Mclean Story’ was an “Official Selection” of the Texas Black Film Festival nominated best Doc, Sweet Auburn International Film Festival and the San Diego Black Film Festival and also prompted a trip to the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Powell’s most noticeable music video produced starred comedians ‘Pierre’ and Oscar award winner Mo'nique. His entertainment career initially began in music as a musician and artist; producing and releasing albums under his independent record company Col'Beast Entertainment working with various Artist such as E-40, Too Short, Scarface Born Jamericans Edley Shine, B-Legit and Nonchalant. He was listed in The Source's Independence Day Celebration of Hip Hop's National Underground Artists. The single release "How We Do" featuring Nonchalant stayed on the Billboard charts for over 18 weeks, peaking at #2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart . His music has been placed on the hit shows from America's Next Top Model, Puffy's Making the Band, to 50 Cents' "making of” as well as several other film and television shows. He has been featured in Source, BBL, Billboard, Vibe and Impact Magazine for his various accomplishments. Powell is also known in Hollywood as a Celebrity Master Barber aka "Lew The Barber” which his tools have graced clients ranging from 50 Cent, Dwayne Wade, Outkast - Andre 3000 and Big Boi Director John Singleton and David Koechner (just to name a few) his work can be seen in a host of major magazines from GQ to Rolling Stone, various music videos, and commercials. His favorite quote is “THE JOURNEY IS THE EXPERIENCE & THE EXPERIENCE IS THE JOURNEY” They call me LEW!