Last Name Unknown

"Last Name Unknown" is a dramatic series that examines the gripping reality of the growing youth homelessness crisis; as it follows several residents of the Beyond Hope Youth Shelter's harsh, yet hopeful lives of beating the odds, finding their place in society, and living their distant dreams.

  • Dui Jarrod
    Director
    Issa Rae Presents "King Ester," "Sauce," BET's "Brooklyn. Blue. Sky."
  • Dui Jarrod
    Writer
    Issa Rae Presents "King Ester," "Sauce," BET's "Brooklyn. Blue. Sky."
  • Kevin "Coach K" Lee
    Producer
    HBO's "Rap Shit"
  • Pierre "Pee" Thomas
    Producer
    HBO's "Rap Shit"
  • Christopher Hicks
    Producer
  • Dui Jarrod
    Producer
  • David Blackman
    Producer
  • Chakeefe Gordon
    Key Cast
    "Solomon"
  • Erika Norrell
    Key Cast
    "Sheeba"
  • Braxton Jordan
    Key Cast
    "Mick"
  • Adiagah Faizah
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Jackson"
  • Zeus Luby
    Key Cast
    "Walter"
  • Lindsey G. Smith
    Key Cast
    "Lorna"
  • Project Type:
    Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony Venice
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Dui Jarrod

Dui Jarrod is an Emmy nominated & award-winning screenwriter, director, and playwright residing in Brooklyn, NY best known for BROOKLYN. BLUE. SKY. It is the first acquired web series for BET Networks after winning the Xfinity Best Web Series Award at the American Black Film Festival. His series, "King Ester" has been nominated for 4 Day-time Emmy Awards. Jarrod’s work focuses on softening the image of Black masculinity.

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Director Statement

My great joy was finding this career. My great pain has been to survive it. In 2008, a failed attempt to travel a theatre production left me broke and homeless. If it weren't for the kindness of my community, I too could have lost the last thing that keeps a being whole - my dignity.

"Last Name Unknown" is the manifestation of my life's work to soften the images of Black men through media. The visual language that I've created with this show aims to provide nuance and a fresh look at the unseen and allow these powerful characters a platform to thrive.

From sex trafficking of a family member to dream chasing in Hollywood, the themes in the show are personal to me, and it's my pleasure to share the youth of the Beyond Hope Shelter with you.