Black Rose Production House includes a team of award-winning filmmakers with the desire to tell heartfelt stories that resonate with urban communities. The film team wish to uncover topics considered taboo and highlight ideas that can benefit the greater good. According to the founder, Korey Green, “we love to collaborate with creative individuals who believe film plays a vital role in informing and raising critical questions about the world we live in through distribution across all platforms.”
Korey Green was born and raised on the East Side of Buffalo, New York. Growing up in a transitioning inner-city neighborhood had a deep impact on Korey’s lens of community. He grew up in a neighborhood where many people became victims of street life that often led to incarceration or death. Attending college and having a successful career were not seen as viable options. However, due to Korey’s strong family foundation he completed high school and received his undergraduate degree from Alfred State College where he pursued his interest in Creative Writing.
“The Forgotten City”, Korey’s first film project, was a concept birthed out of his experiences growing up in Buffalo. The life challenges of his childhood neighborhood provided Korey stories which inspired him to write a script and direct his first film.
“The Forgotten City”, tells the story of the personal journey of two young filmmakers who forged an unlikely partnership following a 2001 murder that touched both of their lives. One of the filmmakers was a friend of the victim and the other a friend of the murderer. “The Forgotten City” became a film festival favorite. Instead of waging a revengeful street war, the two young film makers developed a documentary film project that would take them into the heart of Buffalo’s most dispossessed communities and crime ridden streets. This film brings to light the racial turmoil and economic hardships that have become the lifestyle of so many.
In addition to “The Forgotten City” Green has directed over 10 short films and a host of music videos, commercials and a feature documentary “The Experience” which was shot in Ghana, West Africa. His film success includes the feature narrative film “The Romans” which is now on DVD and his new documentary, “The Blackness Project”.
“The Blackness Project” created and directed by Korey, seeks to rewrite America’s racial narrative. The film is a featured length educational documentary about culture and race from the African American perspective. Although inspired from conversations about the “The Whiteness Project”, a documentary in which participants discuss race and the perceived loss of white privilege by white Americans, “The Blackness Project” mission is to educate, elevate, and engage Americans to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race.
Green has won numerous film awards from film festivals in New York, LA, Denver, Chicago and San Diego including awards from the American Black Film Festival in Miami and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. “The Blackness Project” was a featured film in 2018 at the Cinetopia Film Festival (Detroit, Michigan).
Durand McCloud is a cinematographer / photographer with creative vision and a keen eye behind the lens. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, he is a childhood friend of both filmmakers Korey Green and Peter Johnson. Durand began his film career in 2006, when long time friend Korey Green asked for a helping hand in the sound department of the award winning documentary film “The Forgotten City”. While continuing under the tutelage of Green, Durand’s passion for film began to grow. When experimenting with different cameras, the skill of cinematography and photography became natural for him. He soon became in integral part of Black Rose Films by assisting in the shooting of numerous commercials, music videos, infomercials, plays and films. Durand’s opportunity to showcase his skill as a Director of Photography came in 2009, when he shot the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival Best Comedy “Bad Fish”. His opportunity continued to shine again as cinematographer of the urban drama film “Black Malice” in 2014. Durand’s reputation precedes him, as he is considered one of the best still photographers in Western New York, from his work on local weddings and in-studio photography.