"Underground" - Hear the sound of Freedom
(21 awards at 28 festivals, played in 76 countries)

Synopsis: In a story told through song, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. With house slave Dembi, they strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom.
"Underground" Awards as of 07/2013:
Student Emmy Award Winner, “Best Use of Music”
Student Emmy Award Winner, “Bricker Humanitarian Award”
Student Emmy Award Nominee, “Best Composition”
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
National College Television Awards, 2011, Hollywood, CA

Special Screening - US President Abraham Lincoln's Home in Illinois
1st Place (out of 287 films) – Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2011 - Florida
Audience Award, Beijing Film Academy ISFVF, 2011 – Beijing, China
Best Director-Short (out of 341 films)-Action On Film International Film Festival, 2011-Los Angeles
Best Film - Greater August Town Film Festival, 2013 - Kingston, Jamiaca
Best of Brouhaha – Florida Film Festival, 2011 – Orlando
Best Short Film - Twin Cities Black Film Festival (HBO Sponsored), 2011 – Minnesota
Best Short Film – San Diego Black Film Festival, 2011 - California
1st Place (out of 109 films) – Ft Lauderdale International Film Festival, 2010 - Florida
Winner, Honorable Mention, Hollywood Black Film Festival, 2011 – Hollywood, California
Best Young Actress - Action On Film Interntaional Film Festival, 2011 – Los Angeles
Best Student Short - Independents Film Festival, 2012 - Tampa, Florida
Founder's Award - International Black Film Festival of Nashville, 2011 - Tennessee
Best Film, Shortcutz Film Festival, July 2013 – Chicago, IL
Best Short Film – Texas Black Film Festival, 2011 - Dallas, TX
Best Student Short, Tallahassee Film Festival, 2011 – Florida
Best Short Film - International Black Film Festival of Nashville, 2011 – Tennessee
Audience Award - Gasparilla International Film Festival, 2012 - Tampa, FL
Best Graduate Film - Ivy Film Festival, 2012 Providence, Rhode Island
Audience Award- Greater August Town Film Festival, 2013 - Kingston Jamaica

Official Selection, Urbanworld Film Festival (HBO & BET Sponsored), 2011 – New York City
Official Selection, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, 2011 – California
Official Selection, Newport Beach Film Festival, 2011 – California
Official Selection, Jacksonville Film Festival, 2011 – Florida
Official Selection, Treasure Coast Film Festival, 2011 – California
Official Selection, San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2011 – California
Official Selection, Stony Brook Film Festival (HBO Sponsored), 2011 – New York
Official Selection, BronzeLens Film Festival, 2011 – Atlanta, GA
Official Selection, Treasure Coast Film Festival, - 2012, Florida
Official Selection, Love Your Shorts Film Festival - 2013, Sanford, FL
Official Selection, Fort Myers Beach Film Festival - 2012, Florida
Official Selection, Tolosa Tourne Film Festival - 2012, Tolouse, France

"Underground" has played in 44 countries, including: Great Britain, Australia, France, Russia, South Africa, China, Canada, Philippines, Brazil, Ghana, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Slovak Republic, India, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Peru, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Turkey, Bahamas and the USA


Our goal is to expand "Underground" into a theatrically released feature-length film. If you would like to be a part of that experience, please contact the Director & Co-Writer, Akil DuPont, at AkiDee@Comcast.net, dupontproductions.com or on facebook.com/Akil.DuPont Higher image quality DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are also available.

Director & Co-writer: Akil DuPont
Producer: Allison Leger
Co-Writer: Ariya Watty
Director of Photography: Praheme
Composed By: Nate Tanner, Andre Forbes and Akil DuPont
Original Recordings: FAMU Gospel Choir
Editor: Stephen Griffin

Starring: Ken Wester, Tomi Townsend, Nike Eaton, Carrie Butler and Joshua Brandt

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