Teen Actor-Director-Writer Dusan Brown can next be seen in a lead role in the Netflix feature film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He joins Oscar winner Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Emmy winner Glynn Turman. Two-time Tony winner, George C. Wolfe (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) will direct while Todd Black, Dany Wolf and Oscar winner Denzel Washington, produce. Ruben Santiago-Hudson adapted the August Wilson screenplay which follows Ma Rainey (Davis), the “Mother of the Blues,” and the tensions that boil over between her white agent, her producer and her bandmates while making a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927. In the film, Brown plays ‘Sylvester,’ Ma Rainey’s nephew who has a severe stutter. The film will be released TBD 2020.
Hailing from Chicago, but having been in Hollywood since 2010, when other teens seem to hit a dry spell about this age, Brown, a high school senior, is heating up! CAP, a short film in which he also plays the lead, just won the 2019 HBO Short Film Award at American Black Film Fest and Brown’s short film, Reece, which he wrote, directed, edited and colored, was recently selected to screen at several (and counting) film fests, including the 2019 Los Angeles International Shorts Festival, All American High School Film Fest and Indie Short Fest (to name a few), where it was nominated Best Director, Best Ensemble Cast and won Best Student Film.
Brown’s past credits include the motion picture 42, series regular voicing lead characters on Disney’s “The Lion Guard” and Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and The Monster Machines,” as well as guest-starring roles on such shows as “Community,” “Criminal Minds,” and “The Big Bang Theory,” to name a few. On the theatre side, Brown also played the lead role of Young Simba in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, North American Tour for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance.
When not acting or making films, Brown loves spending time with his family, hanging out with his older brother Dante (MA, Lethal Weapon) and friends, writing screen plays, editing random videos, studying the filmmaking process, watching movies, playing video games and fishing. Upon graduating next year 2020, this honor student has plans of continuing his education via college, attending film school.
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