What started as college kid’s dream became a reality when Delaware-native Travis Brown took a leap of faith in 2015 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Dream to work in Hollywood as a Big-Budget Film Director. Just over a year later, Brown is set to release his first professionally produced Short Film, “The Nowalk Witness.” With its first screening in Delaware March 17, “The Norwalk Witness” is about a mild-mannered, yet ambitious actor Will Riley, played by Aamir Sekou, who is struggling to make it big in Hollywood. The story has it that the cost of living in LA got the better of him and he found himself as a homeless man who witnesses a high profile murder.
The Norwalk Witness stars one of Delaware’s finest in music and performing arts, Kaneisha “NeeCee” Trott as Agent Rose Bowers, who has the task of helping Riley survive the wrath of Red Garcia, a powerful, international criminal mastermind, responsible for the murder and fixated on doing whatever it takes to stop Riley, the only witness to the crime.
“The Norwalk Witness” is the first production of a three-part series, including the prequel, “Elite One,” and sequel, “The Norwalk Confession,” both to be produced in the near future.
“The movie concept initially came to me as I was driving down the street in Los Angeles,” says Brown. “Sitting in Norwalk Public Library, the first draft came to me in a matter of hours. Aamir Sekou, whom I met in college, nearly 15 years ago, was my first choice for the lead actor.” Through a massive undertaking, with help from Executive Producer Carlos Cannon Sr., of Joyful Noyze Entertainment, and other family and friends, who supportive Brown’s vision, he began setting his plan in motion, to include flying NeeCee Trott, also a friend of Brown’s for more than 10 years, to LA to try her hand at a leading film role.
NeeCee had her movie debut in “Amazing Grace” and has had several lead acting roles in stage plays alongside Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock, Vivica Fox, Jackee Harry, and Lil’ G of the R&B group “Silk,” in addition to a blossoming musical career as a songstress and writer. Trott shares, “It was an absolute joy to work alongside someone I consider a hometown hero and to be afforded the opportunity to share my gifts and talents past the musical component everyone is so accustomed to seeing from me.”
Delaware is well represented in this California dream made reality, to include Producers Reggie Gibbs of Noble Vision, Bella Dontine of Small Wonder Studios, Producers, Keith Adams Sr., of Vivids Productions as Co-Producer, and Carla J. Morton, who also makes an appearance in the film. The film was also Produced by Betty Jewell Slater of Jewell Enterprises, based in LA.
The year is yet young and Brown has five other short film projects planned for the Summer of 2017, to include his first feature film, “Super Intelligence” in late Fall or early Winter 2017.
Brown has also written and produced a number of stage plays prior to moving to LA. Brown is hosting a red-carpet screening event of “The Norwalk Witness” on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Penn Cinema Riverfront, located at 401 Madison Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, at 7:30 pm. Cost is $10. For more info visit www.travisbrownofficial.com. You can also follow Travis Brown on Facebook and Instagram @travisbrownofficial and NeeCee Trott on Facebook, Twitter, and InstaGram @justneecee and #justneecee1.