FILM DAILY: Get to know ‘The Seminarian’ Filmmaker Lawrence ‘LAW’ Watford
You’ve just optioned the TV and film rights to a Martin Luther King Jr. biography. What about MLK’s story are you most intrigued by as a filmmaker? "I’m actually intrigued by all of it and, over the years I’ve been thinking about various inflection points of his story to tell. But it wasn’t until Patrick Parr’s biography, The Seminarian, that it actually occurred to me that Dr. King’s first words at birth weren’t “I have a dream.”
"Now more than ever, it’s necessary to shine a light on independent Black filmmakers who are using their creativity to make sure police violence, women’s rights, systemic racism, and LGBTQ issues remain at the forefront of our minds"
Global Grind: Lawerence “LAW” Watford Aims To Tell A New Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy
"Essence Magazine’s 2021 filmmaker to watch, Lawerence “LAW” Watford has secured rights to the book The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age by Patrick Parr. Watford plans to adapt the book for television via his Tyler Street Films partnership with Jack Manning III and Tiffany Elle Burgess."
"In a brisk seventeen minutes, Watford delivers a story about finding honesty within our behavior, and the conflict that arises from differing perspectives of the same issue...If this is indicative of Watford’s work, I look forward to perhaps seeing a feature-length project in the future"
"Filmmaker Watford places us viewers right into the life of the actor and their emotional vulnerabilities on stage but then goes a step further with a very tough ending."
"Get to know the talented filmmaker with our in-depth interview covering Watford’s big successes, films, future projects, and more!"
"The challenge of filming “Catharsis” in a pandemic added to the normal time and cost restraints of independent filmmaking, amplifying the tension and urgency of the project."
"‘Catharsis’ is Gut-Wrenching Drama About Revenge on State-Sanctioned Violence"
"Lawrence Watford's film about a Black mother seeking justice for her son's death has only grown more relevant since he wrote it last fall."
"Catharsis tackles subject matter that is tragically relevant today"
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"brilliantly executed and moving short film"
"Listen...This is super relevant because many district attorneys need to be held accountable in real life when it comes to police brutality"
"..the audience will feel agony and most likely be on-the-edge-of-their-seat as they watch and wonder how the situation is going to turn out."