Red Guerrilla Entertainment, a Black indie film company in based in Chicago, has signed a multi-million dollar deal with OC Consulting.
The deal entails that RGE will create seven films over the next four years, with the company receiving $20 million to cover the cost of the first three films. Mykelti Williamson and Mekhi Phifer are also expected to collaborate with RGE on some of the films within the deal.
Rhyan Lamarr (photo credit: Jennifer Gaida) and Bishop Eric D. Garnes
The first of the seven films, North of The 10, will start production in Chicago in January and will be produced by RGE president and founder Rhyan LaMarr as well as Elijah Long, Chris Jennings, LaRoyce Hawkins, and Erika Jacobsen. LaMarr will also executive produce alongside Don Benjamin, RGE CEO and co-owner Bishop Eric D. Garnes, Jabari Rayford and Andre Burgess. Hawkins, Benjamin, Destorm Power, Chris Witaske, Adam W., King Bach and Wes "Wuz Good" Armstrong are in final talks to star.
“It’s humbling to know that all the hard work we put into the RGE empire over the past decade on the film and music side is finally paying off and that we’re being recognized for our work,” said Rhyan LaMarr, RGE's president and founder. “We have studied companies like Tyler Perry Studios, Franklin Entertainment, Apatow Productions, Amplify/Reflection Music Group, Rapzilla and Plan B. to name a few. We learned that successful entrepreneurs today build their doors into the industry on a solid foundation.”
"While joining my business partner studying the craft of others, I finally found the way to braid ministry and business together as I followed mentors like Bishop T.D. Jakes, a multi-vocational minister who inspired me to dream beyond the norm," said Garnes in a statement. RGE’s standard is to color outside the lines while exhibiting artistry and business acumen. We are prepared to unveil our projects and our skillset for entertainment."