Dollar 2 The Rich (3:21)
by Lewis T Powell
SLC - ROOM 115 & The Watson Auditorium
Description: "DOLLAR 2 THE RICH" is an ode to mental health. The narrative music video is primarily a "one-take" music video that starts with a young LaRussell seeing his adult family and friends engaging in activities that plague our community. The video addresses some generational curses that black people or people in poverty face and tackles the stigma of asking for professional help.
Before becoming an actor and filmmaker, Lewis T. Powell was already known in the entertainment circles as one of the most respected celebrity master barbers in town. Powell's clients "graced by his tools" include 50 Cent, Outkast (Andre 3000, Big Boi), Dwayne Wade, John Singleton (R.I.P), Chris Paul, Master P, David Koechner, and Rockmond Dunbar, to name a few.
Lewis graduated from Howard University on a writing scholarship with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management and has studied at UCLA taking the Feature Film Development class under former Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company executive Sebastian Twardosz.
Powell as an actor has been training over the years starting in college with various teachers and techniques in Washington DC from Howard's theater dept. to the Los Angeles area; training with Ivan Markota / Van Marr Academy, Judith Weston, Actors Comedy Studio, AIDA - Australian Actors Institute and the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Achieving over 30 plus broadcast television & film acting credits from recently guest starring on Chicago Med, recurring as Officer Norman on NBCʼs CSI Las Vegas to appearing on shows Dexter, Bones, MOM, ER and Director Martin Weisz Sony released film Squatters. He also has several national and international commercials under his belt from clients such as Nike, Subaru, Quickbooks and Modelo beer.
Lewis has produced, directed and written several feature films, shorts, and music videos. His last feature film was acquired by Vanguard Cinema a mockumentary entitled How 2 Build A Rapper ‘ The JP Mclean Story’ which featured artists and producers such as Big Boi of Outkast, Jazze Pha, Zukhan Bey, Badboys Chucky Thompson and more. Powell’s most noticeable music video produced starred comedians ‘Pierre’ and Oscar award winner Mo'nique.
He worked as Head of Development for four years with Comedian Affion Crockett at the onset of his FOX debut show ‘In The Flow’ in 2011. He also served as a producer consultant to co-producer Ellene Miles on Ava DuVernay’s documentary film ‘This is the Life.’
His award-winning Short Film ‘PADLOCK MEN’ which he wrote, starred, directed, produced and scored is making its way around the film festival circuit nationally and internationally with 29 Official Selections, 2 of which were Oscar qualifying. The project to date has a total of 17 wins and nominations.
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