10/16/2012 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE – It has been a long time coming for former LSU student Dewey Moorman, but he has finally completed his first big project in the film industry. The LSU African American Cultural Center recently hosted an advanced screening of the film for LSU students.
Moorman wrote and directed “Lesson Before Love,” a film following the trials and tribulations of four single individuals. As an independent film, “Lesson Before Love,” has been screened at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Peachtree International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Awards for the film include Best Film at the 2012 Arkansas Black Film Festival and Best Drama at the 2012 San Diego Black Film Festival, and it was named one of 10 Black Films to See in 2012 by News One.
Moorman, who goes by Dui Jarrod, said although the film industry can be grueling, he was excited to premiere his project at the “place where it all began.”
“I would quit daily… I still do sometimes. The industry is tough,” Moorman said. “It’s important to learn the difference between project and purpose. There’s a continuous balancing act. Once you stop focusing on the project and learn your purpose that will help to you be satisfied within this industry.”
He said LSU helped to shape the person he has become today. “Working and learning in the Office of Multicultural Affairs not only taught me to be a good student, but also how to be a man,” Moorman said.
“Lesson Before Love” recently opened in select theatres in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. Moorman hopes to open in more theatres nationwide this year.
“Having one of our own come back to share not only the stories of his success, but also hearing about the trials that he has endured in the film industry is both inspiring and motivating,” said LaKeitha Poole, coordinator for African American Student Affairs. “Dui’s willingness to be transparent with current students about his journey and giving us the opportunity to view his first feature film is nothing short of true Tiger pride.”
The screening was the first of many events that the African American Cultural Center will host this academic year centered on the arts. For more information, please contact Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-1627.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012