Coming Winter 2024
In 2023, ARC successfully wrapped production of “Interview With A King: An Animated Short Film,” with Dr. Griffin assuming the roles of both producer and co-director. Working alongside fellow director, screenwriter, and Executive Producer Major General Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., U.S. Army Retired, and Dr. Griffin brought their combined expertise to helm this remarkable project.
The animated short film stands as a testament to ARC’s dedication to creating captivating and educational content that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and animation. Through their collaboration, Dr. Griffin and General Price have crafted an extraordinary cinematic experience that engages and enlightens audiences
“Interview With A King” is an exceptional 3D animated short film that skillfully captures the spirit and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a captivating interview experience. Set in 2023, this groundbreaking production seamlessly blends artificial intelligence (AI) Character Creator technology, innovative animation techniques, and professional voice performances. These elements come together to bring to life a fashionable Dr. King character from 1968.
The film’s screenplay, penned in 2018 by Major General Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., U.S. Army Retired, a distinguished King historian with over 30 years of expertise, brings historical accuracy and authenticity to the film. General Price, who has delivered over 300 speeches on Dr. King’s life and legacy, joins forces with Florita Bell Griffin, Ph.D., to direct the film. Together, they combine their expertise and creative vision to deliver a powerful and meaningful cinematic experience.
To ensure a respectful and legal approach, the filmmakers consciously decided not to create an exact likeness of Dr. King for the film. Instead, their goal is to authentically capture the essence of his character and personality through animation, paying homage to his iconic achievements and legacy. This decision ensures that the film stays within legal boundaries while creating a powerful and effective tribute to Dr. King.
While “Interview With A King” touches upon significant moments such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, it also delves into lesser-known aspects, revealing personal anecdotes and hidden struggles that shaped Dr. King’s remarkable journey. The film offers a profound understanding of his ideals, challenges, and the lasting impact of his tireless activism.
As a timely reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and justice, “Interview With A King” showcases Dr. King’s unwavering belief in nonviolence and his commitment to peaceful protest. Through its powerful storytelling, expert voice performances, soul-stirring music, and the dedication of ARC Communications’ skilled artistic team, the film encourages viewers to reflect on the progress made and the continued work required to combat systemic racism and discrimination.
At the heart of “Interview With A King” is the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed by the talented Dr. Stephon Ferguson, a professional Dr. King voice performer. Dr. Ferguson’s remarkable ability to embody Dr. King’s tone, speech patterns, forceful remarks, and impassioned delivery ensures that viewers hear the essence of Dr. King’s powerful message as if spoken by the man himself. This adds an extra layer of authenticity and resonance to the film, enhancing the overall viewer experience.
Portraying the animated interviewer of Dr. King is veteran newscaster Lauren Coleman. Coleman’s background as a newscaster lends authenticity and believability to her performance, as she captures the tone, rhythm, and nuances of a professional journalist interviewing Dr. King. This gives the animated film more depth and authenticity, improving the entire spectator experience.
The film’s music, composed by Rodney Stith and performed by him and his band Prolific Soul Music, serves as a powerful companion to the visuals, evoking the passion and struggles of the civil rights movement. Stith’s soulful voice conveys the liberation and empowerment anthems “Free At Last” and “Let It Go” with authenticity, bridging the past and present while highlighting the challenges that African Americans faced then and now. The music promotes equality, freedom, and the ongoing fight for justice.
Prepare yourself for a transformative journey with “Interview With A King,” where history, animation, and remarkable performances merge to create a profound and immersive experience. Witness Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s essence come to life and let his messages resonate deeply within you.
AUTHOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Greetings! I am Florita Bell Griffin, Ph.D., and as the Creative Director at ARC Communications, LLC, I am brimming with gratitude and enthusiasm while reflecting upon the remarkable projects that have flourished under our company’s name. Each venture has been profoundly meaningful and uplifting, and it is a privilege to have contributed to its inception. Today, I am thrilled to share exciting updates on three remarkable projects within ARC Communications, LLC’s production portfolio that fill me with immense pride: All We Need is Love: Echoes of Resilience in Leather, Interview With A King – An animated short film, and the Little Flower TV, our Little Flower brand, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in October 2023.
In early 2024, ARC will release “All We Need Is Love: Echoes of Resilience in Leather” art exhibit dedicated to African American men. This groundbreaking project comprises two distinct components—an AI-generated art exhibit and a documentary film—each celebrating the unwavering spirit and resilience of African American men. The art exhibit, created by the renowned AI-powered artist Flowwade (aka Florita Bell Griffin, Ph.D.), features 52 AI-generated unique artworks and 14 captivating portraits, offering a visual journey through the challenges and triumphs of these individuals. Simultaneously, the art documentary, with Flowwade as the visionary artist, complements this experience with a cinematic exploration, enriching the narrative with the soul-stirring sounds of Rodney Stith’s “All We Need is Love.” Together, these elements converge to create an immersive celebration of African American men and their contributions to our society, serving as a powerful platform for fostering discussions on social justice and equality.
“Interview With A King”, which concluded production in June 2023, is an extraordinary AI infused 3D animated short film that skillfully captures the spirit and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This groundbreaking production takes audiences on a captivating journey through a unique interview experience set in the year 2023. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, ARC’s talented team utilized AI Character Creator, Motion Capture animation techniques, and the exceptional skills of professional voice-over performers to bring to life a visually stunning representation of Dr. King from 1968, infused with contemporary flair.
The renowned King historian, Major General Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., U.S. Army Retired, wrote the screenplay in 2018, and it is a testament to his extensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of Dr. King’s legacy. General Price has delivered more than 300 speeches on Dr. King’s life and impact, and his knowledge and ability to write in Dr. King’s voice infuse the film with historical accuracy and authenticity. Co-directed by General Price and myself, the film stands as a powerful and meaningful cinematic experience, born out of our shared vision and creative expertise.
We invite you to explore the Interview With A King page, here on our website. Prepare to be captivated by the thrilling trailer that awaits you there. In addition, we highly encourage you to visit the official website of the film at interviewwithaking.com. Once there, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the world of the film, learn about the talented cast, get exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the production process, and stay updated on the film’s captivating journey through various film festivals, leading up to its grand premiere. By staying connected, you’ll also be among the first to know about the highly anticipated release of “Interview With A King” on the big screen.
I am also thrilled to share the incredible achievements of the Little Flower brand, which has garnered immense popularity among middle schoolers. This beloved brand captivates young hearts through its enthralling book and curriculum, art-based animation, engaging hands-on projects, and the enchanting Little Flower doll. Little Flower holds a cherished position in our hearts as it embodies resilience, hope, and the empowering path of embracing one’s unique identity. It has evolved into a treasured symbol that deeply resonates with our young audience, leaving a lasting impact on their lives.
Through captivating storytelling, art-inspired curricula, an enchanting collectible doll, and engaging animated content, we aim to inspire children to become compassionate, inclusive, and active learners. Little Flower embodies the essence of my own life, growing up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, and seeks to impart essential values such as anti-bullying, inclusion, and equality.
At ARC Communications, LLC, we firmly believe in harnessing the transformative power of storytelling, education, and technology to serve both digital natives and non-digital natives who embrace the ever-changing times in which we live. Our endeavors, including “Interview With A King” and the Little Flower brand, stand as shining examples of our commitment to creating meaningful content that leverages the latest technological advancements to educate, entertain, and spark important conversations among diverse audiences. By pushing the boundaries of animation, storytelling, and innovative technologies, we aim to inspire positive change and revolutionize the way we learn and engage with captivating narratives, catering to the needs and preferences of both the tech-savvy digital natives and those who embrace the dynamic nature of our contemporary world.
We would like to express our profound appreciation to the creative team at ARC. This extraordinary group of gifted artists, animators, and imaginative thinkers shares a common dedication to merging education and entertainment. We are also immensely grateful to ARC’s outstanding collaborative education network, whose legal and professional expertise, invaluable insights, and unwavering inspiration consistently breathe life into ARC Communications’ concepts. Working together, we are fully devoted to realizing our vision of creating a profound and transformative influence on education and storytelling.
Together, let us continue to embrace lifelong learning, and join forces to create a better world for ourselves and future generations.
Stay tuned for updates on both projects as we continue to weave magic through animation, storytelling, and education. With your support, we are confident that we can continue to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and communities.
With heartfelt gratitude and unwavering enthusiasm,