Carl Ford is a writer, director, producer and acting coach/teacher. Mr. Ford’s directing film credits include Generation X, a short form video documentary about the 1996 Million Man March; The Price of Admission, a short form documentary about five actors putting on a John Patrick Shanley play were both screened in 1996. His short films A New York Minute, Maybe, Barnone, and Echoes in Blue have all done the festival circuit and have won awards at LA Shorts Fest, African Diaspora Film Film Festival, Roxbury Film Festival, Bronx Film Festival, NYIFFVM and several others. Maybe was screened on BETJ and Barnone was screened on IFC in 2004 and 2005 respectively. His directorial feature film debut which he also co-wrote called Real With Me was screened at the Pan-African Film Festival and won best comedy at NYIFFVM. Recently Mr. Ford completed his second feature which he wrote and directed enitled Free Richard still a Work-in Progress. He co-produced the Lionsgate feature 30 Beats aand has aproduced and written two television pilots Barnone—based on his short film--and Soul of Fashion a fashion show pilot for BET. Mr. Ford has also worked as a producer and unit production manager on Miramax, Island Pictures, Orion Classics and Forty Acres and a Mule productions. Mr. Ford has edited over five features including Cold Feet distributed by The Starz Network and has produced and edited music videos for such labels as Sony, Motown and Rawkus Records. Mr. Ford and his postproduction team have edited Pay-Per-View concerts for artists such as Teddy Pendergrass, Ringo Starr and The Monkees.
Mr. Ford has also written and directed for the theater. He directed Sherwy Smith’s Fort Greene Group Therapy with Andre Royo (The Wire) produced at NBC theatrical space at the Here Theater and directed and dramaturged Kenyatta Belcher’s The Rememberers at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the United Kingdom. His orginal play The Hard End which he produced and directed as well wrote was mounted at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles in 2009 and in 2008 he co-produced and directed Marguritte Duras’ L’Amant Anglaise at the MET Theatre in Hollywood California.
From 1996 to 2010 Mr. Ford was the founder, chairman and CEO of Black Nexxus Inc., a bi-coastal production company and acting studio that developed and nurtured such talents as Adepero Oduye (Pariah, 12 Years of Slave) and Angelique Zambrana (Precious). After closing Black Nexxus Mr. Ford went on to co-found Susan Batson Studio LLC., with his mother celebrated acting coach and guru Susan Batson. Mr. Ford has had the pleasure of coaching and creative consulting with such luminaries as Brandy Norwood, Q-Tip, Pharrell, Ice-T, Sean Combs, Tatum O’Neal, Jill Scott and Anthony Minghella. Mr. Ford has had the privledge of doing acting workshops in Los Angeles, New York and London and this year has the great honor of going to Australia to do a workshop with the 16th Street Acting Studio.