Andrew Trent Fleming
Andrew Trent Fleming (“Drew”) is a filmmaker born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1987. He went to high school in Memphis, and then graduated from The University of Memphis with a degree in film and video production in 2009. Drew has worked as a freelancer as well as full-time video producer/shooter/editor since his first TV gig in 2006 on films, commercials, and all kinds of video projects big and small for companies local and abroad.
Having shot all over the United States from Alaska to the Florida Keys, as well as in parts of Europe and Central America, Drew’s work includes 2 feature length documentaries, 8 narrative short films, dozens of music videos, and countless commercial spots for both local and national brands such as The University of Memphis, FedEx, the Memphis Redbirds, ServiceMaster, Terminix, the NBA, Palm Beach Tan, American Snuff Company, Norelco, and Memphis 901 FC. His work has been featured on NBC, CBS, TNT, CNN, and MTV. See more at www.thefilmjerk.com.
Story Consultant/Writer: Jared “JayB” Boyd
Jared "Jay B." Boyd is a multimedia journalist, hip-hop artist, humorist and on-air personality dedicated to telling stories that intersect the identity of people in the Southern United States, members of the hip-hop cultural gaze and the elusive millennial cool.
Currently writing for The Daily Memphian and appearing on NPR-syndicated radio program Beale Street Caravan in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Boyd covers topics that both enlighten and unify the Mid-South. Some of his previous works can be found on AL.com, It's A Southern Thing, in The Daily Mississippian, Jackson Free Press and the Commercial Appeal.
Even with a sharp focus in the sector of urban arts and entertainment, Boyd has covered a vast amount of topics outside of his typical sphere. He found a niche in Alabama as a statewide food writer, tasting and reviewing restaurants as a part of food competition "Alabama's Best". In association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Boyd was invited to moderate an interview with Civil Rights leader James Meredith for an exhibit in the Newseum. In June 2018, he appeared in season three of CNN’s “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.” Additionally, Boyd is no stranger to turning daily deadlines as a breaking news content producer.
You can find him online, in print, on camera, onstage and probably on Twitter.
Producer/Music Director: Scott Bomar
Scott Bomar is a Memphis-based musician, Emmy Award winning film composer, Grammy nominated music producer and recording engineer.
In 2005, Bomar composed the score for Craig Brewer's award-winning film, HUSTLE & FLOW for which Bomar has received much critical acclaim for his Memphis soul meets hip hop score.
Bomar returned in 2006 to collaborate with the filmmakers of HUSTLE & FLOW as Executive Music Producer and composer of the film, BLACK SNAKE MOAN. He worked with film's stars Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci in the studio to record songs for the film, which are performed on screen. The process began by Bomar taking director Craig Brewer and Samuel L. Jackson on a road trip through Mississippi, meeting and working with blues musicians, parlaying blues classics like the raucously vulgar "Stackolee" and "Black Snake Moan," into sinister, 21st century laments. Bomar also composed the score utilizing musicians with Memphis music roots, such as harmonica legend, Charlie Musselwhite , Jim Dickinson and his sons Luther and Cody Dickinson - the contemporary blues/rock group, The North Mississippi Allstars. Bomar most recently collaborated as a producer with Brewer on the MTV New Media series,"$5 COVER."
Bomar has also gained prominence as a bassist, backing legendary Stax artists such as Rufus and Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sun Records pioneer Rosco Gordon, and Motown session guitarist, Dennis Coffey, both in studio session and on the road. Bomar is also the leader of The Bo-Keys, a Memphis soul/funk group featuring former Stax/Volt, Hi Records and Isaac Hayes session players Skip Pitts, Howard Grimes and Ben Cauley. The Bo-Keys performed on the film and soundtrack for HUSTLE & FLOW and on the Paramount/Nickelodeon animated feature BARNYARD, directed by Bob Oedekirk. In 2008 The Bo-Keys appeared in the film SOUL MEN, performing on-screen with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mack and on three songs Bomar produced for the film’s soundtrack, one of which, “Soul Music” by Anthony Hamilton was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. The Bo-Keys have performed live at many festivals including many appearances at The Ponderosa Stomp, London’s Barbican Performing Arts Centre and Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Nights Swing Series.
The success of The Bo-Keys critically acclaimed album, The Royal Sessions, landed Bomar the opportunity to work on Al Green's 2003 Grammy nominated comeback album, I Can't Stop, as assistant engineer. In 2005, Scott joined Green's Producer Willie Mitchell again on the Al Green recording Everything's Okay.
Bomar recently won an Emmy for "Best Original Music" for the documentary, I Am a Man: From Memphis, A Lesson in Life. And in 2010, he produced and engineered Cyndi Lauper’s album Memphis Blues at his Memphis studio, Electraphonic Recording, which enjoyed 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.
Bomar serves as President of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS and has served as an instructor for the after-school and summer camp programs for at-risk youths at the Stax Music Academy at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Producer: Kyle Taubken
Kyle Taubken is a writer/director from Memphis, TN who grew up nearby in a small town in northern Mississippi. Inspired, in part, by the personal films of the New Hollywood movement and the low budget independent films of the early 90s, Kyle made his first short film at age 20. After completing his graduate work at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014, where his thesis film (The Neighborhood) won four graduate film awards, including Best Graduate Director and Best Graduate Film, Kyle returned to Memphis where he continues to make films and work as a freelance videographer and editor.
Kyle’s films have screened in competition at festivals including the Portland Film Festival, Indie Memphis, and the Macon Film Festival, among others. Kyle is a yearly screener for the Portland Film Festival (Portland, OR) and in 2019 will work as a mentor filmmaker for the Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival CrewUP program. Kyle was also recently selected as 1 of 10 filmmakers in the state of Tennessee to participate in the TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Competition (2019) hosted by the Knoxville Film Festival.
Kyle is currently developing his first feature, and Soul Man is his 18th short film.