In just 11 years, independent film director, producer, writer and actor Jerry LaMothe has acquired five film titles and at least 11 film festival invitations; but whoâ€™s counting? The Brooklyn-born, Haitian-Americanâ€™s body of work has always reflected the Black experienceâ€”from his 2000 debut Amour Infinity about a single father trying to do right by his son to his helming of Noraâ€™s Hair Salon, a spin-off of Ice Cubeâ€™s Barbershop series to his critically-acclaimed telling of New Yorkâ€™s 2003 power outage, Blackout. The Long Island University graduateâ€™s latest is a short entitled The Tombs, which takes its name from the sobriquet for New York Cityâ€™s central booking system. Executive produced by Basketball Wives star Tami Roman, the film premiered during this year's 15th annual Urban World Film Festival.
Despite his success, LaMothe makes it known that his journey has not been easy. BlackEnterprise.com chatted with the director for Black Movie Month about six things independent filmmakers trying to make a living (and a movie) in a troubled economy shouldn't do. â€”Amber McKynzie