Jahmar is an actor and filmmaker from Elizabeth, New Jersey who strives everyday to make his dreams a reality. As a former employee of Warner Brothers he’s worked on numerous television shows such as Netflix’s Lucifer, FOX’s Lethal Weapon and more. These experiences allowed him to learn the business and prepare for personal projects. “A lot of companies make you believe that you can’t do anything without them because they want to keep their business running. We’re the brains of movies. We come up with the ideas and present them, so we’re making studios rich. If you have a story, create and put it out,” he says.
The method seems to be working for him, as he’s starred in and funded both of his past films. “As an actor my focus has always been the business in general. That way I can gain an audience then maneuver myself back into acting and be successful.” At the mention of business I couldn’t help but point out the unique time we’re in. The global pandemic has caused most productions to stop and some to even be dismissed completely. I was curious to learn his thoughts on this, and if it’s effected his work. “Yes it has,” he answered passionately. “I was a day away from filming my new movie Sisters! But, it gave me more time to get my mind right and perfect the script,” he admits.
Sisters is crime drama that tells the story of a sick grandmother who is dying from cancer, and her granddaughters who are trying drastically to come up with the money for her surgery. “It touches on cancer awareness, the importance of a savings account, and life insurance.” Although the story is fiction he drew inspiration from his sister and former co-star/close friend who are both cancer survivors. “My sister had a small dose of cancer and was very secretive about it because she knew how it’d affect me. Also, my co-star from Fourth Quarter had it as well. She actually broke down what she went through, down to the costs and everything. It’s sad and many individuals go through it. This film is going to make a lot of noise, but it’s also going to impact people.”
Sisters stars Paigon Walker (106 and Park, Baller Alert), Cocoa Brown (For Better or Worse), Delo Brown, Toni Belafonte (Last Love Lost) Dominic Santana (All Eyes on Me), Juhan Jones (The Wire) and more. As soon as I saw the exclusive trailer I knew I was in for an exciting ride. It seems like the kind of action classic that’s needed. There’s even been comparisons to Set it Off. “I’m looking for it to be big, in theaters and Sundance. I really love classic movies like Set it Off, but i don’t see it comparing. I think it has it’s own home.” he says.
Jahmar’s excitement and passion for film-making was clear through our entire conversation. When asked about advice for aspiring creatives he stressed the importance of a good team, producing within your budget, and hustling to finance your vision. I’m very excited for the release of Sisters and hope that it’s safe for us all to get back to work soon.
In the meantime you can keep up with Jahmar on social media at: @Jahmarhill and the Sisters movie at @sistersmovi
Written by: Kirby Carroll Wright @askKirbyCarroll