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.
Screened April 10th-19th at the Houston Worldfest. WINNER of the Platinum Remi Award!
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.
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.
Preston L. Holmes, Creative/Executive Producer
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.
Chester, a young delinquent, joins a local Boy Scout troop in order to escape spending time in juvenile detention. The Troop suspects Chester’s involvement in their misfortune. Chester’s poor performance during camporee competitions also adds tension. One final race to finish. How will Chester perform when he really has to be a team player? And will his actions be enough to revive Troop 242?
Dwight Williams – Producer/ Production Manager