“The movie of your life is only as successful as the people who you allow to play roles in it” – DeVon Franklin
Uncle Kenny, Papa and David Glover. As you sit with Sony Pictures film executive, Devon Franklin, you’d imagine these to be the names of characters in a script to be developed and possibly green lit. They are not. Instead they are actual people, based many miles away from the flashing lights of tinsel town and the hills of Hollywood, California. Key players in the trajectory of a young man raised, one of three children, all boys, by a single mother in Oakland, California.
Upon entering his office you are greeted by an array of movie posters, awards, magazine covers and a framed picture of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. . On this day Devon Franklin describes the sudden death of his father, and the role that a small group of men played in serving as models of what it meant to be a man. King, who described himself as a drum major for justice, is a fitting presence in the office of Franklin, a drum major for faith of sorts. That faith is described in Franklin’s book, Produced by Faith, released in 2011.
The book analogizes faith in God, combined with action, to the creation and development of a successful movie. As for Devon’s movie; the one that has taken him from Oakland to the highest realms of Hollywood, he takes a moment to share how his mother’s foresight to entrust the examples provided by a small group of men have instilled in him characteristics, lessons and values that he carries everywhere.
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