Korey Green was born and raised on the East Side of Buffalo, New York. Growing up in the inner city of a dying urban community wasn’t easy. In a neighborhood where most people chose the street life, which ultimately would lead to jail time or death, college was almost not an option. Following High School, Korey made the decision to continue his education at Alfred State College where he pursued his interest in Creative Writing.
The Forgotten City is Korey’s first project and the concept was birthed out of his experiences living in Buffalo. The film explores Green’s talents as not only a writer, but also as a director. Since completing The Forgotten City Green has soared in indie films directing over 10 short films and a host of music videos, commercials and a feature documentary The Experience which was shot in Ghana, West Africa. Currently, Green just completed feature narrative film The Romans as director and co-writer. Green has won numerous film awards, in New York, LA, Denver, Chicago, San Diego , American black film festival in Miami and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.
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.
Jordan R. T. Spencer is a director, writer, and editor. He began his career in the filmmaking industry at the age of 17. From a very young age Jordan always knew that he was a storyteller, and that films were his way of telling the stories. At only 17 Jordan was on his way up the ladder of success. His friendship with Korey Green landed him an internship at Black Rose Films. Soon after becoming an intern, he directed his first music video. After only a few months he became a partner with Korey Green and his associate Durand McCloud, and together they launched the Black Rose Production House. Now Jordan works alongside Korey and Durand, as they bring dreams into reality.