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Kings America Made

Kings America Made tells the story of a young black boy’s journey to find peace in America while grappling with his own mental trauma, evolving sexuality and visions of death. His story is told through real life testimonies of four queer black men currently living in New York City. Deon Mims (32), a photographer from South Carolina looks for hope while rebuilding and navigating life after his father’s suicide. New York native and brand strategist, Daniel Calderon (33), struggles to connect with his family since being disowned and dejected at 16 due to his parent’s religious beliefs. Richard Brookshire (30), a bi-racial writer from Florida grapples with his role as an activist in the black community, while being the son of a Trump supporting father whose absence has lead him down a path of toxic relationships and suicidal thoughts. Kameron Mack (28), a multimedia creative from Kansas and the film’s creator, battles with the fact he hid his true identity as a gay man from the world and inadvertently prevented his father from getting to know him before his untimely death.

This film is for the young black queer boys who need to hear these stories, know that life gets better and that suicide is never the answer to overcome trauma.

  • Kameron Mack
    Complex's "Hip Hop DNA: Breaking Down the Caribbean's Impact on the Culture"
  • Kameron Mack
    Complex Networks
  • Kameron Mack
    Complex's "Good Looking Out"
  • Daniel Calderon
    Key Cast
  • Deon Mims
    Key Cast
  • Richard Brookshire
    Key Cast
  • Kameron Mack
    Key Cast
  • Kyle Price
    Key Cast
  • Michael Jackson Jr
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7 & Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Kameron Mack

Kameron Mack is the Creative Director for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's production company, Westbrook Media in Los Angeles, California. Some of his recent work includes launching Will Smith's snapchat show Will From Home, overseeing all Jada Pinket Smith, showrunning supermodel Naomi Cambell's Youtube series No Filter with Naomi and Being Naomi, plus more!

Before joining the Westbrook team, Kam was a Supervising Video Producer, Director and On-Air Host at Complex Networks where he developed and produced shows like Get it Together with Aleali May, Tunnel Takedown, and Complex News Presents. He has worked on several network television shows and is the creator of the award winning film Kings America Made, which tells the story of a young black boy's journey to find peace in America while grappling with his own mental trauma.

He has dedicated his life and career to giving back and creating content that motivates, inspires and encourages American youth to tap into their greatness despite any unfortunate circumstances or adversities they may face.

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Director Statement

"'Kings America Made' is the film I needed as a young, lost, black, gay boy growing up in Kansas. Mental illness wasn't discussed in my home and isn't really talked about in the black gay community. I pray this film kicks off that conversation for any and everyone in need." - Kameron Mack