As the Founder of True Productions, Dwayne J. Clark proudly shares his mission to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world.
In 2016, Dwayne J. Clark, CEO of Aegis Living and the founder of True Productions partnered with the Seattle International Film Festival to award a $50,000 grant each year, for the next three years. The inaugural year’s competition was so strong that True Productions provided an additional grant to “Big Sonia” and “Gold Balls,” both of which focus on subjects over the age of 80. Each were awarded a $50,000 grant.
Dwayne J. Clark and True Productions are proud to share in the mission to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world.
Expanding his creative reach beyond business and book publishing and playwriting, Clark has delved head first into film producing, earning a reputation for inspiring film projects .Since 2016, SIFF and True Productions have partnered to underwrite two $50,000 documentary grants for filmmakers. The inaugural year’s competition was so strong that True Productions provided an additional grant to “Big Sonia” and “Gold Balls”, both of which focus on subjects over the age of 80.
The sole purpose of the grants is to invest in the filmmaking community, the filmmaking process, and – most of all – the
art of true storytelling through the lens.
A dark music infused comedy about keeping
it together when you’re falling apart.
True Productions is the proud sponsor of a new film by Ahamefule Oluo, Charlies Mudede, and Lindy West based on the smash off-broadway show ‘Now I’m fine’. Ahamefule Joe Oluo’s days are spent at a soul-deadening corporate job and his nights come alive behind a trumpet at Seattle jazz clubs. After losing his home, Aham is living with his entire family once again. Pressed together in this vise of a home, the family struggles with adult life and the meaning of family.
Full Court seamlessly parallels Haywood’s personal and professional struggles with the civil-rights struggles of the time. His untold, human-interest story will come to life through rare archival video, photography and music. Interviews with Haywood’s peers and talented, young players – for whom he paved the way – will bring this compelling documentary full circle. The story culminates with Haywood’s long overdue enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
On this cross-country odyssey, obstacles include travel challenges, aging body parts and the ultimate opponent: mortality. When they must face their toughest obstacles yet, these athletes are forced to dig even deeper to make their dreams of championship a reality. It’s a story about the ageless human spirit and an inspiring must-see for people of every age and stage.
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change
Director Jordan Schiele’s debut documentary feature film, The Silk and the Flame, is inspired by a Chinese proverb: “Concealing truth is like wearing embroidered clothes and traveling by night.” There is beauty in truth, opines Schiele, but if one cannot display it in the light of day, who will see it?
A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to people fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other safe option out of reach, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is a 60-minute feature documentary following their story.