Founded by independent filmmakers Alrick Brown and Deatra Harris, Visigoth Pictures is an American-based producer of feature films, documentaries, music videos, cinema shorts, commercials, Public Service Announcements, corporate and entertainment video. In our work and services, we purpose to reach beyond the heart of a story to reveal its soul.
We believe in the creative process, thus learning and teaching is a continuous part of our practice. We engage and assist other filmmakers, students, and all those who have a compelling story to tell.
We believe in the truth behind telling a story from many perspectives. We believe in the power of the lens and the impact visual media has on a person, a family, a community, a region, a country and the world. We believe we have a responsibility to bring this world closer together, one frame – one film at a time.
Through the art of cinematic storytelling our charge and gift is to explore the human condition…our prejudices, social ills, collective and individual histories, our cultures, what makes us love, laugh, and cry; rendering the truths that bind us and the untruths that tear us apart. As advocates of humanity, ours is a journey that lends voice to the voiceless.
Writing, Directing, Producing
Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
A filmmaker and teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing, and producing narrative films and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. A fluent French speaker, he graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters in Education. Since then he has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told. Alrick’s collective work has screened in over forty film festivals, national and international, and received numerous awards.
He and his co-producer, received the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award to produce their critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons. In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School, produced by Academy award nominee Nannette Burstein. In 2007 he addressed the Motion Picture Association of America on C-SPAN. At present, he is writing a feature thriller titled, The Shadows. KINYARWANDA marks Brown’s feature directorial debut.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, writer and director Deatra L. Harris began her film career in 2006. She wrote, produced and directed several short films, including “Addicted” and “A Woman’s Worth”, which have shown at film festivals across the United States as well as internationally. Working for a year alongside Nickelodeon Writing Executives enabled her to further develop her writing skills, and she was the CEO of DLH Consulting Services, an IT Database consulting company in Atlanta, Georgia for over 11 years. Her experience as a businesswoman and her extensive travel throughout the world has given her a deeper perspective that she brings to both her writing and directing. In 2010, she founded Visigoth Pictures in partnership with writer/director Alrick Brown. Their first feature film under Visigoth Pictures, “Kinyarwanda”, was an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in MIS/Math from Bowling Green State University, and one of her missions as a writer and director is to develop stories that give a voice to people, issues and subject matters that wouldn’t otherwise be told, and to tell those stories from the eyes and perspectives of the people who have lived them.
Our most recent production, the international feature film KINYARWANDA, shot on location in Rwanda, is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. The film recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. Kinyarwanda interweaves six tales that provide a complex and real depiction of life and human resilience in the face of unimaginable danger.
Photo by Sean Welski. Click the above image to view more photos of Alrick Brown's acceptance speech.
KINYARWANDA won the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Night Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held at the Basin Recreation Field House on January 29, 2011 in Park City, Utah. Watch Alrick Brown's acceptance speech below...
Visigoth Pictures and Cineduc Rwanda are proud to announce their partnership with BlöK BoX IMG (Interactive Media Group) as a producing partner on our feature film “Kinyarwanda”. This partnership produced the project “Plainfield to Sundance”. This was a field-study program that selected four high school students from Plainfield, New Jersey to participate in the production of a documentary surrounding the journey of film director Alrick Brown, and his first feature film “Kinyarwanda”, while prepared for its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The partnership with BlöK BoX IMG allowed these students to travel to Utah during the festival and gave them access to the festival process, films and industry professionals, an opportunity few people will ever experience. This program allowed the participating students to gain a different perspective on independent filmmaking, festivals and also give them hands-on experience in putting together a documentary from start to finish.
We want to give a big thank you to BlöK BoX IMG for their continued support of "Kinyarwanda" and for their generosity and continuing commitment to building up communities. For Visigoth, this project is the first of many in which we wish to participate, to continue to bring a community, a city, a nation and the world closer together, one frame – and one film –
at a time.
“…the interwoven stories … provide the fullest portrait yet of how many Rwandans crossed religious and ethnic lines during the genocide to save one another.”
Executive Producer Ishmael Ntibahose quoted in Variety.com
“[KINYARWANDA] provides ‘the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide’.”
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Scholarship Information for KINYARWANDA Principal Children Actors
In keeping with our mission to use media to affect lives in a positive way, Visigoth Pictures in association with the producer's of KINYARWANDA have started a scholarship fund to assist several school age Rwandan actors featured in the film with education costs. This fund will also assist with school supplies, computers, uniforms and anything else that may be needed to assist them with their studies. We thank you for your continued support and thank you for helping us change the world.
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