Rust College graduate produces new film

Published: Feb. 24, 2023 at 10:56 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Mid-South Historically Black College and University graduate and filmmaker produced a new movie that premiered online for streaming.

Louis Brown lll is originally from Seattle, Washington, but graduated from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 2015.

“I almost didn’t go. For whatever reason, literally the week of freshman orientation. I changed my mind and decided to go. I wasn’t sure why I was being called there but it all makes sense now,” Brown said.

While working on his master’s degree from the New York Film Academy in 2017, he started the process of making an action-packed drama called “Forbidden Fruit” with the help of his friend Miles Paschall.

After delays due to the pandemic, the two were able to finish the film which is available for people around the world to watch on BET Plus as of Thursday.

Brown and Paschall shared advice for young filmmakers in the Mid-South.

“Utilize your resources,” Brown said. “Even if you feel like you don’t have everything you need, there are ways to still get it done. Again, we were able to do this with pennies, it felt like. So, just stay your course and trust yourself and build a team that you trust.”

“Don’t take no for an answer,” Paschall said.

“Stay persistent,” Louis said.

Brown said he plans to make a trip to the Mid-South this year in June or for Rust College’s Homecoming celebrations.

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