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Antwone Fisher To Direct Documentary About Black Business Icon Leon T. Garr

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 4, 2011 2:38 AM
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It has been quite a while since we heard the name Antwone Fisher, though it seems like the writer/producer has plans to make another foray into film in the near future.

Fisher made waves nearly ten years ago, when his autobiographical bestseller "Finding Fish" caught the eye of Denzel Washington, who went on to make the award winning film "Antwone Fisher." Most recently, he released a self-help book entitled "A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life." The acclaimed author, poet, lecturer, college professor, movie producer and screenwriter now hopes to add documentarian to the list as Fisher has announced plans to direct a documentary about the life of entrepreneur and philanthropist Leon T. Garr.

Based on the book "The Millionaire Chronicle: Let’s Go to Work!," the film will explore the career of Garr, who over the last 60 years parlayed his holdings and assets from a small contracting company in his hometown of Louisana into the chairmanship of the largest African-American owned bank in Southern California. At the age of 96, Garr is still active in his community along with the business world in Los Angeles.

Garr had some kind words for Fisher after hearing about the collabration stating, “I’m elated that a Hollywood personality of the stature of Antwone Fisher is willing to use his extraordinary talents on a film project that will expose a much wider audience to my journey from builder to banker.” No word yet on when production is slated to begin. --Aaron Fowler

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  • Art Thomas | October 31, 2011 1:58 AMReply

    This is fantastic news! Mr.Garr's story is an inspiration to all Americans. A good friend, Dan Smith, interviewed Mr. Antwone Fisher in Tokyo, a few years back, and had nothing but positive comments. As such this will be a fantastic project. If there is anything we can do to help tel this or other importand stories, just say the word.

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  • Sam Richards | January 6, 2011 2:59 AMReply

    Leon Garr has a neice in the Entertainment Industry and
    Real Estate Industry.
    Rita Williams Minor (Stunt Actress, Stunt Co-ordinator and Real Estate consultant. Antwone Fisher should contact her for his project.

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