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In 1600 West Africa, Gamba, the village leader, confronts a new challenge that endangers his family and village.
David M. Massey (Producer, Director, Writer)
 

DAVID M. MASSEY ( PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER)

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David M. Massey is an Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Advanced Film & Television from the American Film Institute. He is the first African American in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for an Oscar in the Live-Action Short Film category with Last Breeze of Summer (1992).

A former radio announcer and television sports reporter for WBNB TV, a CBS affiliate in US Virgin Islands, Massey has produced and directed several films and television shows. Men of Courage is an hour docudrama that received a NAACP Image Award and aired on BET. Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, a documentary on the 31st December Women’s Movement in Ghana, West Africa, led by the former First Lady of Ghana. Fespaco is a feature documentary narrated by Danny Glover on Africa’s largest and oldest film festival. Nature’s Little Secrets, is a film promoting the people, events and beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Under the UCE Productions banner, Massey produced six short films including Island Song that won the Audience Award at the Pan African Film Festival in 2013. When Justice Isn’t Just, a short documentary distributed by First Run Features in 2015 examined the law enforcement shootings of unarmed African-Americans.

Massey’s latest projects are Where We’re From a feature doc that chronicles the LA independent hip hop movement in the early 90s is being distributed by Shout Studios; Not All Lost is a reality-based, celebrity driven PBS television program has aired in over hundred PBS markets; Hinika, in post, was photographed in rural Ethiopia, documents the opening of a new hospital and medical school; Medical Racism: The New Apartheid, scrutinizes healthcare in the Black community and Africa; Tip of the Spear, depicts a historical overview of the Congressional Black Caucus and Passage, a live-action film set in 1600 Western Africa is a 2021 Academy considered movie. 

Massey is the former co-chair of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers, West (BAD-West) in Los Angeles. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including The Martin Ritt Scholarship; the 2011 PBS Innovation Award; the National Education Association “Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting” award; the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart.  He is also an Eastman Kodak Second Century Honoree.  Additionally, Massey is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Oscar qualifying festival committee and the Student Academy Awards committee. 


 
 
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Directed by
David M. Massey
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Live-action Film
Set in 1600

Our Cast

Passage was filmed in the Virgin Islands and San Pedro, California. The lead actors were cast in the United States and the supporting actors were cast through the Caribbean Community Theater on St.Croix.

 

Our Screenings

Passage was screened on St. Croix and St. Thomas, outdoors at Ridge to Reef Farm and in several film festivals including Martha Vineyard African American Film Festivals, Bronzelens in Atlanta and Reel Black Men in Los Angeles.

Our next Los Angeles screenings will be held at the Laemmle Santa Monica theaters for 7 days. Click for more information.

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Our Team

♦ Noel Arthur (Gamba)
♦ Robert Okumu (Amadi)
♦ Jay Amor (Captain)
♦ David M. Massey (Producer, Director, Writer)
♦ Sandra J. Evers-Manly (Producer)
♦ Mel Donalson (Writer, Producer)
♦ Keith L. Smith (Director of Photography)
♦ Robert Johnson (Music Composer)
♦ Raymond Forchion (Casting)
♦ Simon (Costume Designer)
♦ Will Blount (Producer/Art Department)
♦ Tiffany Massey (Co-Producer)

PASSAGE – BIOS

NOEL ARTHUR
(GAMBA)

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Noel is a proud Trinidadian American, raised in New York. He has won a NAACP Theatre Ensemble award for Elmina’s Kitchen and was most recently seen on stage as part of Center Theatre Group's prestigious Block Party and in Native Son at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He can currently be seen recurring on Freeform/Hulu's Good Trouble as FBI Agent Nunn. He is eternally grateful to the Producers and Casting Director for including him in this expansion of our collective unconscious that is Passage.
 

ROBERT OKUMU
(AMADI)

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Robert Okumu is a Director, Writer and Actor who has been in the film and television business for over 15 years. He’s appeared in television shows such as American Crime, ICE, S.W.A.T, Runaways and films, such as Hollywood Streets, Unbreakable Sword and the Avatar Sequels. He is passionate about telling stories that pushes culture forward and leaves a lasting impact on audience. In his off time, he works on construction and renewable energy projects for the company, PV Tech inc. 
 

JAY AMOR
(CAPTAIN)

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Jay Amor has worked as Stuntman, Stunt Driver,Stunt Actor, Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director. He has been a member of SAG since 1979. A Member of AFTRA since 1980. He was a Gymnast; Springboard and Platform Diver; Dirt Bikes; Boats; Vehicle Stunts; Explosions; and Pipe Ramps Motion Picture Fights Experienced with Fire Arms. He has worked with the Best Stunt people in the Industry, and he Speaks Spanish, Italian, and English with over 180 Films, over 100 Episodic TV shows, and over 200 Commercials under his belt. As a Stunt Coordinator/ Stuntman and DGA 2nd Unit Director, he is a member of the National SAG AFTRA Stunt Safety Committee. In development on several Feature Films that he will be producing in the near future, he moved to Atlanta in 2016 and stays busy. His latest projects were Black Panther, for which he won A SAG-AFTRA Stunt Award. He has also worked on MacGyver, Shaft, and Queen of the South. Recently, he was one of the stars on a short film Passage.
 

SANDRA J. EVERS-MANLY
(PRODUCER)

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Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President & Founder - Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and former president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP in Los Angeles, California. Evers-Manly founded the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) in 1996. As a nonprofit, public benefit organization, BHERC is designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Black images in film and television. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs, and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Evers-Manly is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). In the corporate world, Evers-Manly is vice president of Global Corporate Responsibility for Northrop Grumman Corporation and was instrumental in founding, and, subsequently building, the thriving Northrop Grumman Foundation, of which she is President.
 

DAVID M. MASSEY
(PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER)

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David Massey is an Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Advanced Film & Television from the American Film Institute. He is the first African American in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for an Oscar in the Live-Action Short Film category with Last Breeze of Summer (1992).

A former radio announcer and television sports reporter for WBNB TV, a CBS affiliate in US Virgin Islands, Massey has produced and directed several films and television shows. Men of Courage is an hour docudrama that received a NAACP Image Award and aired on BET. Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, a documentary on the 31st December Women’s Movement in Ghana, West Africa, led by the former First Lady of Ghana. Fespaco is a feature documentary narrated by Danny Glover on Africa’s largest and oldest film festival. Nature’s Little Secrets, is a film promoting the people, events and beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Under the UCE Productions banner, Massey produced six short films including Island Song that won the Audience Award at the Pan African Film Festival in 2013. When Justice Isn’t Just, a short documentary distributed by First Run Features in 2015 examined the law enforcement shootings of unarmed African-Americans.

Massey’s latest projects are Where We’re From a feature doc that chronicles the LA independent hip hop movement in the early 90s is being distributed by Shout Studios; Not All Lost is a reality-based, celebrity driven PBS television program has aired in over hundred PBS markets; Hinika, in post, was photographed in rural Ethiopia, documents the opening of a new hospital and medical school; Medical Racism: The New Apartheid, scrutinizes healthcare in the Black community and Africa; Tip of the Spear, depicts a historical overview of the Congressional Black Caucus and Passage, a live-action film set in 1600 Western Africa is a 2021 Academy considered movie. 

Massey is the former co-chair of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers, West (BAD-West) in Los Angeles. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including The Martin Ritt Scholarship; the 2011 PBS Innovation Award; the National Education Association “Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting” award; the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart.  He is also an Eastman Kodak Second Century Honoree.  Additionally, Massey is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Oscar qualifying festival committee and the Student Academy Awards committee. 
 

MEL DONALSON
(WRITER-PRODUCER)

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Mel Donalson received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University, and he was a professor at Bates College, UC-Santa Barbara, Pasadena City College, UCLA, and California State University-Los Angeles. He taught courses and seminars in African American Studies, American Literature, American Film History, Gender and Sexuality, and Creative Writing.

In addition to his published essays, he was the Editor of Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature and Co-Editor of the Encyclopedia of 20TH Century African American Literature. His critical books include Black Directors in Hollywood, Masculinity in the Interracial Buddy Film, and Hip Hop in American Cinema. With his short stories appearing in several journals, Donalson also published three novels: The River Woman, Communion, and The Third Woman. At the same time, his poetry has been included in numerous periodicals, leading to his published collection, entitled Revelations.

In 2017, his one-act play, The Corner, was performed in the Paul Robeson Theater Festival in Los Angeles. In that same year, Donalson wrote, produced, and directed the full-length drama, Shout at the Fremont Theatre, South Pasadena, California. 

As a screenwriter and filmmaker, he has written, produced, and directed the short fictional films, A Room Without Doors (1998) and Performance (2009).  More recently, he worked as an Associate Producer on the documentary, Medical Racism: The New Apartheid (2021), and a Writer-Producer on the short fictional film, Passage (2021).
 

KEITH L. SMITH
(DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

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Born in New Orleans, Smith graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.  Upon graduation he went on to work at WWL-TV, a local CBS affiliate in New Orleans, where he worked as one of eight news photographers on the station’s well-respected news team.

In 1989, Smith was accepted into the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. There he received AFI’s 1991 distinguished Remy Martin Student Scholarship Award. This marked the first time in its six-year inception, that the award was given to a cinematography fellow, and the first time the award went to a first-year student.

Smith began his film career as a camera assistant working with such well-known filmmakers as Oliver Stone and Robert Richardson, ASC.  He worked with the pair on JFK, Heaven and Earth, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, and Any Given Sunday. He went onto work with Rob Reiner on A Few Good Men, and Robert Townsend’s comedy, Meteor Man, and on Mike Binder’s Blankman, starring Damon Wayans. His last project as an assistant was The Trigger Effect, a film directed by David Koeppe, who also wrote Jurassic Park. As a cinematographer, Smith has worked on a wide variety of projects including independent films and short films. Additionally, he also shot two feature films; Hair Show and A Good Man Is Hard To Find. During the fall of 1999 Smith worked as second unit DP/A-Cam Operator on Fallen, which starred Denzel Washington. 

His most recent projects are Let the Church Say Amen, a feature film  starring Steve Harris and Lela Rochon. The film marked the directorial debut of Regina King. Last year, he shot two films that he is most proud of cinematically - a film starring piano child prodigy Ethan Bortnik entitled Anything is Possible and a small indie film noir project called Mysteria, which stars Danny Glover. Smith is currently filming a TV series called, Saints & Sinners for Bounce TV.
 

ROBERT JOHNSON
(MUSIC COMPOSER)

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Robert Johnson is a unique modern film composer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist from the musically rich culture of New Orleans, LA.  There he studied with the late jazz legend and educator Ellis Marsalis.  Robert received his BA degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  He was a former orchestra music teacher with the Boston Public Schools for 5 years.  Robert has composed music for numerous film and musical theatre projects, some of which include: First Sunday starring Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan; Love In The Nick of Tyme starring Morris Chestnut; Equation of Change starring Sir Richard Branson; the Lifetime biopic Clarke Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel; and other films.  Robert has toured and worked in various capacities with Grammy award winning, Oscar nominated, and/or Emmy nominated composers such as: Terence Blanchard, Stanley Clarke, and Jongnic Bontemps.  Robert himself was a 5-year voting member of the Grammy Music & Recording Academy, as well as a judge for the Pan African Film Festival for the past several years.  As a multi-instrumentalist of over a dozen different instruments ranging from classical pipe organ, brass, woodwinds, drums, strings, harmonica, and even accordion; Robert includes these performances in many of his scores where appropriate.  He can also be seen throughout the city of Los Angeles playing different instruments with various groups ranging from jazz groups, gospel, to orchestras.
 

SIMON
(COSTUME DESIGNER)

SIMON COSTUME DESIGNER
 

Simon is a costume and fashion designer who has worked in Los Angeles for over 20 years. He’s worked in short and feature films, music videos, and various private clientele. Simon is passionately dedicated to fashion and the world around it. When Simon isn’t on set, he’s in his studio working day in and day out designing and creating.
 

RAYMOND FORCHION
(CASTING)

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Mr. Forchion has worked in all manner of media. He is a noted, award-winning professional actor/writer/producer/director and Entertainment Industry Career Consultant. While on the National Screen Actors Guild Board, he helped design SAG-AFTRA's newer Low-Budget Film Agreements and headed the Guild's L.A. Casting Committee for six years. He has also worked as a Casting Director and consulted with several Talent Agencies. He is repped by 90210 Talent Agency and The Suchin Co.
 

Will Blount
(Producer/Art Department)

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Will Blount is a multi-faceted creative who’s known for his work on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fallen, Lean On Me, Bosom Buddies, Lakeview Terrace, 2 Guns. The actor, prop master, and producer has been in business for 30 plus years. Bringing his unique eye rom the art department, Will always creates an exceptionally comprehensive scene in all his films and television projects.
 

TIFFANY MASSEY
(CO-PRODUCER)

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Tiffany Massey started out in entertainment as an actor. She earned her B.A. in Theater and English from Grinnell College and was a member of the Theater Department at Spelman College. Wanting to take her training to new heights, Tiffany pursued theater studies in London, England at The London Study Centre and at Harvard University’s Moscow Art Theater School USA. In addition, she studied at the Atlantic Acting School, a private conservatory in conjunction with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Attending Atlantic deepened her exploration of the entertainment industry.

Tiffany spent the last four years as the social media coordinator for the world’s largest entertainment union, SAG-AFTRA, with approximately 160,000 members worldwide who work in film, television, broadcast news, commercials, music, video games and emerging media. Producing short form content for social media sparked Tiffany’s passion for producing. Since working at SAG-AFTRA, Tiffany has produced content for YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.

Tiffany possesses a strong passion for storytelling, and she brings an equally strong resource of talent and work ethic to every set she works on.


 


 

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UCE Productions, LLC
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@passagethefilm
+1 (747) 344-8206
Hollywood, CA