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KALEIDOSCOPE is the burgeoning film and TV development, production, and post-production division of JOCMedia + Entertainment, LLC.
KALEIDOSCOPE promotes art that uplifts, inspires, and advances cultural exposure while working towards eradicating prejudice and discrimination against all members of society.
We are globally focused content creators driven by imagination, an appreciation of culture, and riveting storytelling.
PROJECTS IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT
PAN-AM: The Untold Legacy of Cirilo McSween
(90 minute documentary)
Cirilo McSween Sr. is a patriarch, a man of many talents and accomplishments. Born in extreme poverty and migrating to the US from Panama at the height of Jim Crow in the 1950s on a track and field scholarship, his journey over the next fifty years would include serving as a confidant to Martin Luther King, Jr, and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr amid the Civil Rights Movement, supporting the effort to return the Panama Canal to Panama, and becoming a part of the rising Black business elite class in Chicago.
As remarkable as a legacy that it is and could be, Cirilo's story is relatively unknown beyond the remaining griots alive to tell his story. When he passed away in 2008, Cirilo left behind an unlikely trio of heirs: a son, grandson, and a godson.
With renewed interest in the history of the family's patriarch coming into focus between the Americas, the three heirs reflect on the past, present, and future of the legacy of the man they all loved, realizing in many ways Cirilo Sr. passed the baton to them. As unlikely heirs, they're hopeful they can finish Cirilo's race.
With the passing of the patriarch and the baton, three heirs strive to keep the familial torch lit while unpacking the untold legacy of their dearly departed in a journey spanning over 50 years from Panama to Chicago.
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In the aftermath of exposing a monumental fraud, a former NFL player turned whistleblower grapples with the repercussions of his truth-telling, mourning personal loss, and fighting for justice in a battle that could be his most defining play off the field.
ENCROACHMENT: The Whistleblowing of John Pointer
(90 minute documentary)
Encroachment: The Whistleblowing of John Pointer is a compelling documentary that chronicles the extraordinary transformation of John Pointer, an esteemed CFL and NFL athlete who becomes a courageous whistleblower. Drawing from articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Tennessean, and John's own memoirs, the film explores his journey from sports glory to a figure of moral integrity. After uncovering fraud at Tennessee Equity Capital Corporation, John's life takes a dramatic turn with his landmark testimony before Congress, illustrating his commitment to truth despite significant personal sacrifices.
The film delves into the aftermath of John's whistleblowing, revealing the personal and professional challenges he faces. It shows the strain on his marriage, financial difficulties, and the emotional burden of losing close family members, highlighting the often-unacknowledged costs of standing up for justice. Through interviews with key figures like his confidant Clarence Smith, former coach Martin Poe, and politicians including Dr. William Frist, alongside insights from fellow athletes and journalists, "Encroachment" paints a multi-dimensional portrait of John's life and the wider implications of his actions.
Ultimately, "Encroachment" is a story of resilience and the human spirit's capacity to endure adversity. John Pointer's life, underpinned by his motto "Bend but don't break," serves as an inspiring reminder of the strength of conviction and the impact of standing up for what is right.