Supa Kidz’ Cast Members (from left to right) Ny’Aira Collins, Nay NayKirby, Aliyah Royale, Mesiyah Oduro-Kwarten and his brother, Lordez Oduro-Kwarten.
The talented, Mr. Tim Greene ‘takes back the community’, similar to the story of his upcoming film, ‘Supa Kidz’.
Film producer, writer and director Tim Greene hosted an actor workshop on Thursday, July 12 at the local, Baldwin Hills Public Library. Receiving over 50 prizes, children of the audience were also afforded advice and motivation from the accomplished Greene himself as well as fellow producers, writers and actors. Central to all of their arguments was the idea that there is no excuse for failing to discover one’s greatness. Greene stands by this phenomenon, having fulfilled his goals in unforgiving circumstances. Raised in a single parent home, he was one of many siblings to excel, accomplishing placement on the dean’s list quite often. He also mentions that his brothers are Ivy League graduates who have accomplished success not often associated with urban upbringings. Congruently, Greene made a name for himself, not allowing the confines of the hood to limit his perspective.
Growing up he gained interest in tennis, while others pursued basketball, and thrived on the levels of esteemed athletes such as Venus and Serena Williams. Along this same path, he began a career in radio with KJLH and KMPC. Greene shared that it was in these settings that he began meeting the executives involved in his dream field of work. “That’s when I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the film industry,” he remarked. “People saw me as extras at first…” Since his successful break into the film industry as an actor on projects such as ‘White Men Can’t Jump,’ ‘A Few Good Men,’ and now more behind the scenes, Greene has much more to offer especially to our youth. With the opportunity to speak to crowds around the world, Greene has left a lasting impression on the kids of today.
In alliance, Greene has developed programs and ideas that restructure the minds of youth too often influenced greatly by the negativity of our media. “Instead of making it rain, I say ‘Make it Rain With Greatness,’ encouraging parents and families to award their children based on their achievements such as good grades. “I’ve also placed a new meaning on ‘the b word,’ instead of the word we all know, I tell young men to greet their female counterparts with ‘what’s up, beautiful?’ instead. Incorporating these same values into his work, Greene has been labeled the ‘Disney of Hip Hop,’ providing viewers with family-friendly films. Fortunately, Greene has discovered young talent that serves wonderfully as role models for youth viewing his work.
A part of the cast in the upcoming film ‘Supa Kidz’ are Ny’Aira Collins, Nay Nay Kirby, Aliyah Royale, Mesiyah Oduro-Kwarten and his brother, Lordez Oduro-Kwarten. Just being in their company, it was obvious that these soon-to-be-stars had a passion for the art, also that they are priorities of Greene. “I won’t spend $20 million on a film, and some don’t like it. My concepts are the stars.” When asked what sets his films apart from that of others, Greene noted, “Do you see anyone else making the stars of their film children, who take back their hood from thugs and crime?” Truly, Greene has made his mark in the eyes of viewers, the hearts of children and their parents. As a “black male director in his own lane, going for the micro-screen,” it’s been made clear that he wants to keep his projects local and approachable.
He explains that the easier the access is to his work, the more children can be affected, influenced and inspired. “Everything is downloadable, kids can get right to it.” This knowledge along with his experiences as an actor has taught him the value in not living above one’s means. “I get everything done and I don’t need a $90,000 camera or to bring everybody in limos to do it.” The emphasis is truly placed on the children. With free admission, children and their families had the opportunity to witness firsthand that children and their destinies are what’s most important. From cell phones to plaques, children were acknowledged for their positive behavior, all based on honesty. Among the youth in the crowd were the actors and actresses of the ‘Supa Kidz’ cast who elaborated on the film and provided participants with their best advice. Together they shared that ‘Supa Kidz’ is about a group of kids with super powers that end up taking their hood back from the thugs who are trying to make them mules for drugs. Also on the list of projects is a film entitled, “The Re-Programmers,” about a group of kids who are little inventors and utilize a device to reprogram the minds of thugs, transforming them from ignorant to intelligent.
The down-to-earth, Greene also included that he is currently working on developing about 10 more projects: learning, ‘making it happen’ and being blessed along the way. Originally from the East Coast, Greene visits Los Angeles several times a year, impacting youth every time. For more information, visit www.timgreenefilms.com