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May 12, 2023 10 mins

Is it possible to use surreal, magical realist narrative methods to engage audiences in an experience best described as visually immersive, especially when the protagonists are young black men and the antagonists are police officers?

JOHNNY KIRK is a graduate of California State University in LA and is the Creative Director and Founder of the digital film production company DARK BLU PRODUCTIONS. All three of the short films he’s previously written and directed have won awards and he’s been featured in cable and independent films as an actor. A passionate advocate for his community, Johnny created TRIBE, a group to help local teens find themselves through acting.

Listen as Johnny explains that:

  • Every character is the hero of their own movie
  • Sometimes sound is more powerful than picture
  • Eyes speak volumes
  • The secret to writing great dialogue is editing
  • His next film will be a horror feature.

Watch The Fourth online through May 31, 2023 as part of Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival:

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Podcast Production Team:

  • Technical Director: Paul Ruta
  • Sound Editor & Copywriter: Michael Korican
  • Host & Researcher: Joyce Kline
  • Co-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Paul Ruta
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