FOR THE RECORD
FOR THE RECORD (14 min) USA
A demure record store clerk wants to overcome his apprehensive behavior to win over the heart of his favorite customer or risk losing out on love.
Director - Maurice L. Dortch
Since he was a child, Dortch set out to become a doctor. It was a dream for him, or so he thought. In the midst of that dream, he discovered what he considered a hobby -- writing: He wrote poems for girls he crushed on, created a comic strip, and wrote a play. However, it wasn’t until a family friend gave him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Dortch began to view his gift differently. In 2000, Valerie Norman was producing the Essence Awards when she hired Dortch to work as a writer’s production assistant for the show. She recognized his gift early on and had been pushing him to pursue it more seriously. She believed in Dortch enough to take a gamble on his talent by placing it on a bigger stage. Dortch was tasked with writing an introduction for Queen Latifah. His first attempt wasn’t perfect. He made a faux pas by referring to the rapper and actress as the new queen of daytime when the true queen of daytime—Oprah —was hosting the show. Norman ripped into him but gave him a chance to make it right. And he did, but Queen Latifah had a last minute change in her schedule and though he never heard her read the words he wrote for her, Dortch was hooked. He finally awakened to his true passion: screenwriting. From there he went home; transferred to Columbia College from Northern Illinois University, where he was majoring in biological science (much to his father’s dismay); and never looked back. Pursuing what some of his closest friends and family considered to be a “pipe dream” paid off. And because he did not give up, some of those same people, mainly his father, are his biggest supporters today. In addition to the Essence Awards (2000), Dortch has left his creative imprint on several places big and small, including Second City, where he worked in 2009 and 2010, and TVOne. In 2010, he founded his own production company, Maxim 13:22 Entertainment, through which he wrote and produced the short film Don’t Bite the Apple. Don’t Bite the Apple was featured in the 2011 Gene Siskel Black Harvest Film Festival and the 2012 Memphis Film Festival. In 2016, he started Pipe Dreams Deferred, a company that produces film and television productions and develops branded content and commercials for local and national corporations. As a writer, director, and content developer, Dortch prides himself on being able to create concepts for all types of audiences and with various kind of budgets; he has worked with indie productions and nationally syndicated programming. He also knows how to work behind the camera, which enables him to tell stories visually. In addition to pursuing his own creative goals, Dortch mentors up-and-coming filmmakers. He recently developed a free networking event called DO IT FOR THE GRAM. The event linked together more than 10 filmmakers and hundreds of actors to produce over 20 one-minute short films. The name of Maurice’s newest venture bears special meaning for him. Inspired by a Jay-Z video and his father’s sentiment over seventeen years ago when Maurice announced he was ditching the pre- med track to pursue his passion, Pipe Dreams Deferred reminds him daily to never give up on a dream and to help others realize their dreams whenever he can. With more than ten short films, one feature film, a web series, and several commercials to his credit, Dortch is living his dream each day.
Produced by Maurice L. Dortch and Aksel Rifman
Director: Maurice L. Dortch
Writer: Maurice L. Dortch and NK Gutierrez