Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Ormond R. White, Director
Film Name: “My Verse” by Killa Verse
Length of film: 3:23 mins
Genre: Music Video| Conscious Hip-Hop
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
“My Verse,” depicts how music, poetry, and art can be positive outlets and serve as a catalyst to change. We are not the product of our environment but the product of our thinking. If you can change a person thinking you can change their life.
What inspired you to make this film?
I wanted to highlight the Contemporary Southern Afro-American Experience and how the importance of family, lifestyle, work, human condition & drive/passion shapes the culture.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
“Before Sunrise,” Richard Linklater, “Coming To America,” John Landis & “Basquiat,” Julian Schnabel
What’s your connection to Mississippi?
I am a native of Canton, Ms. and “A Time To Kill,” Joel Schumacher & Crossroads Film Festival as a child gave me the blueprint. “Ormond you can become a filmmaker!”
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
White received his BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana and his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art: Rinehart School of Sculpture. He has been the recipient of the Frank Hayden Award, a Yale/Norfolk Scholar, and a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow.
Recently, he has worked on up and coming films such as, Tate Taylor’s “Get On Up”, Lee Daniels’, “The Butler,” Ethan Cohen’s, “Get Hard” and “2 Guns”, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.