Moving from commercial production to features in New York, first as an assistant director and then as production manager, Preston eventually joined Spike Lee’s production team and helped turn out such hits as “Do The Right Thing”, “Mo Betta Blues” and “Jungle Fever”. He has since gone on to Produce or Co-Produce films with some of today’s most outstanding African-American filmmakers; “Juice” with Ernest Dickerson, “Malcolm X” and “Crooklyn” with Spike Lee and “New Jack City”, “Posse” and “Panther” with Mario Van Peebles. In 1992 Preston relocated to Los Angeles to head up Def Pictures for Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan and Polygram Pictures. While at Def, Preston developed and served as Executive Producer for the films “Gridlock’d” and “Def Jam’s How to be a Player”.
Preston also produced the Academy Award nominated documentary “Tupac Resurrection” for MTV Films and Amaru Entertainment, which was released theatrically in 2004. Also in 2004, Preston produced “Sucker Free City”, a movie for Showtime and “She Hate Me”, a feature film for Sony Classics which were both directed by Spike Lee. Also in the summer of 2004 Preston was Associate Producer on “Hustle & Flow” an independent feature produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain, shot on location in Memphis, TN.
He as served as Executive Producer on the Focus Features film “SOMETHING NEW” - starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker; “ILLEGAL TENDER” – written and directed by Franc. Reyes and produced by John Singleton, as Producer of the film “WAIST DEEP”, with Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Goode, also for Focus Features, as Unit Production Manager of “THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES” and as Executive Producer/Line Producer on “WE THE PEEPLES” for Lionsgate Films and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films.
Most recently Preston served as Executive Producer for the box office hit BEST MAN HOLIDAY and served as the Creative Producer for BIRTH OF A NATION. BIRTH OF NATION won the top prizes at Sundance 2016 and broke a sales record, $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight.
Scouts promotional video/ proof of concept
Life can sometimes be found in the Dark.
5150 Day St is dynamic action dramatic short film that chronicles one mans journey to recovery.
After deciding to finally make the first move to an AA meeting, a need for a cigarette leads to a life changing experience.
Drama, suspense, action add to a compelling story.
Daniel Russell Lawson – Vice President of Lawson and Lawson Inc. Daniel R. Lawson mentored by the late Daniel C. Lawson has over 20 years of business experience. Lawson and Lawson consults in Transportation, Political and Entertainment business interest.
In 1995 Lawson and Lawson created an innovative marketing process which bundles financing, leasing, maintenance, vehicle procurement and facility development in long term 12-15 year contracts. This led to the first nationwide Federal Transit Administration approved “turnkey” lease maintenance program for public transportation systems through a joint venture with Roger Penske Corp. and GE Capital. This bundled program was successfully contracted in New Orleans and Miami.
Preston L. Holmes, Creative/Executive Producer
Screened April 10th-19th at the Houston Worldfest. WINNER of the Platinum Remi Award!
Dwight Williams – Producer/ Production Manager
Dr. Juan A. McGruder, Finance Manager
Scouts promotional video/ proof of concept
In 1997-2003, Lawson and Lawson was a key strategist and fundraiser in the successful election of Dr. Lee P. Brown as Houston’s first African American Mayor who served 3 consecutive terms.
Mr. Lawson and several business partners successfully invested in a night club in downtown Houston “The Vault” to capitalize on Super Bowl VII which had a successful run of 12 years. Mr. Lawson and Tyrone Dixon were commissioned by Daniel C. Lawson to produce a documentary showcasing Daniel C. Lawson, the business man.
Danny R. Lawson, Co-Producer
FILMS FOR THE HEART AND SOUL!
Dwight Williams is one of the most experienced producers in Hollywood with over 40 years working as 1st AD, Unit Production Manager, Line Producer, and Executive Producer. He has produced successful films such as Hustle and Flow, Illegal Tender, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Baby Boy, Higher Learning. He is known for helping to develop first time filmmakers such as John Singleton, F. Gary Gray, Tyrone D. Dixon and Sanaa Hamri, just to name a few. Dwight is presently Producing Girls Trip for Universal and Will Packer Productions with Preston Holmes and Will Packer.
Preston Holmes is an industry veteran with 40 years of experience as a producer, production manager and assistant director on feature films, television movies and documentaries. His production experience runs the gamut from studio features to lower budgeted independent productions shot on locations ranging from Harlem and South Central to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
After attending Princeton University, Preston left school to enroll in the prestigious Director’s Guild East’s Assistant Director Training Program and then admission to the Guild as an Assistant Director.
Juan is the Director of Development for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology, where the Institute recently completed a $1.5 billion Capital Campaign—more than a quarter of a billion over goal. He is former Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. From 2003 – 2008, Juan served as the Associate Director of Development in the College of Computing and later as the first Director of Development for the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech.
Juan serves as President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Greater Atlanta Chapter, as a member of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International Job Analysis Task Force, as a Board member of the African American Development Officers (AADO), and on the Practitioner Advisory Board of the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) at the University of Chicago. Juan is a faculty member at LaGrange College’s Philanthropy and Development Master’s Program. He also serves as a faculty member for the Development Institute in the Nonprofit University at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits—consulting with several non-profits in Atlanta.
Scouts is Feature Film based on Troop 242, which is a historic Boy Scout group in Houston, Texas. Scouts is a PG coming of age film like The Bad News Bears, Roll Bounce and Stand By Me. Through the years, the African-American troop has garnered the most Eagle Scouts in the southwest. However, times are different…Video-Games, iPods and Hip Hop music all seem to make scouting passé.
The Troop suspects Chester’s involvement in their misfortune. Chester’s poor performance during jamboree competitions also adds tension.
Chester fights with everyone and finally runs off into the woods to escape for the night. He then wakes to see smoke/fire rising up from the woods. How will he perform when he really has to be a scout to survive and save his fellow scouts? And, will his actions be enough to save Troop 242?
Scouts is inspired by true events. The story by former scout, Anthony Mullins, is aimed at tackling real issues affecting inner-city kids. With its theme of redemption, Scouts aims to be an example to young people and old, that despite their environment or situation, they can rise up and live up to their full potential.