Private Project

Triggered Life

Triggered Life is a multi sensory, multimedia, post-traumatic story. How exactly does Sexual trauma cast a shadow over the wholeness of black male selfhood? When the shared cultural values of black and brown communities demand that men suppress their vulnerabilities and meet with their psychology alone.

Triggered Life follows a day in the life of two such men, Ishmael and Keith. As these men relive their stories of abusive childhoods, they embark on a journey to define their own manhood and identify. Ishmael and Keith are played by Keith Mascoll SAG-AFTRA, AEA and is directed by John Oluwole Adekoje.

  • John Oluwole Adekoje
  • John Oluwole Adekoje
    Knockaround kids
  • Keith Mascoll
  • Keith Mascoll
  • John Oluwole Adekoje
    Confused by Love
  • ADEKOJE Film Works
  • Keith Mascoll
    Key Cast
    "Keith/Ishmael "
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  • Runtime:
    52 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Las Vegas Black Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    April 22, 2022
    Las Vegas Premiere
    Official Selection, Best Artistic Film, Best Actor
  • Roxbury International Film Festival
    United States
    June 24, 2022
    Boston Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - John Oluwole Adekoje

John Oluwole ADEkoje is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a M.F.A. in dramatic writing and an M.A. in film production. He is national award winner of the Kennedy Center: ACTF-Lorraine Hansberry playwriting award for the play “Streethawker,” as well as the 2006 Roxbury Film Festival’s Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker for the documentary “Street Soldiers,” which was shown at Le Festival du Film Pan african (Cannes) and Festival des Films du Monde (Montréal).

Most recently, ADEkoje was the winner of the National Tri Annual New Play Competition for Professional Writers and has received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award for “Street Soldiers.” His short play “Love Jones” was produced at the Boston Fringe Festival – Company One, Boston Theatre Marathon, and was the winner of the Strawberry One Act Festival in Hollywood. Company One has also produced a full-length mounting of his play, 6 Rounds/6 Lessons at the Boston Center For The Arts; he most recently made his acting debut in Company One’s production of The Overwhelming by, J.T. Rogers. John is a playwrighting fellow at the Huntington Theater Company. Most recently, he was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award for “Knockaround Kids” at the Roxbury International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Here’s a topic very few talk about. Here are two voices speaking from a dark cave. A cave created by friends and family. Here’s where truth must surface. Here’s were the male black body finds peace in courageous action by redefining body language. Here’s were love prevails. The mountain of pain must dissipate. My work here is to attempt to open a door. I hope you all open a lot more.