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"THE AMERICAN CAN"

writer ~ producer
ADETORO MAKINDE


Based on true events, five days after Hurricane Katrina, John Keller, a ex-marine, risks his life for the safety and rescue of people trapped in his building. (Narrative Feature)
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SEVEN SISTERS
A true story set against the backdrop of Apartheid, a Black Woman seeking to reclaim a family legacy and an innocence lost, invests in the elite South African wine industry but must first face her past or be consumed by its pain.
(Narrative Feature)

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ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER
Adapted from the award-winning novel, 13 year old Zahrah discovers she's born with a magical gift, but keeping it a secret takes her on an incredible journey into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to save a friend.
(Animation Feature)

HOMEGOING
A musician returns home to an estranged family and the death of his father.
(Narrative Feature)

FERAL
A beautiful Asian-American traveler convinces a has-been Namibian soccer champion to drive her cross-country to kill herself, but things change when they pick up Charlene, a South African mercenary carrying a bag filled with stolen cash.
(Narrative Feature)

 
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In Time
What began as a few hours to volunteer for the Make A Film Foundation turned into an inspired mission armed only with my cell phone. I took my guerilla filmmking to another level and from this remarkable 13 yr old discovered there's nothing I can't do.
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In Time
writer ~ director ~ producer
ADETORO MAKINDE

This film played at Sundance 2005 in a shorts program. Hands down, the best shorts program I have ever screened at a film festival.  Each short (6 in all) were great: ...?In Time...all mini-masterpieces!"  
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writer ~ director ~ producer
ADETORO MAKINDE

FILMMAKER STATEMENT
Like most of the world, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I watched the floods take siege over the city of New Orleans -- taking with it lives, homes, jobs and a spiritual wellness that many have yet to recover. Back then, I felt the want, the need to do something, but my funds could only allow me to donate bottles of water to my fellow volunteers as we sifted through salvaged clothes to be shipped to the Displaced. And so, I make it my mission to inform the world through my art.
REMEMBER ~ REBUILD ~ REBIRTH

 


Steep
writer ~ director ~ producer
ADETORO MAKINDE


Adapted from a short story by JoNell Kennedy, three time Sundance filmmaker, Adetoro Makinde, directs this haunting tale of self discovery and healing to the original score of Grammy-Award Musician Terence Blanchard. And with over 300 film entries received, Steep was selected as a finalist, celebrating emerging women filmmakers by Lifetime Movie Network.

 
On May 19, 2000 Backdoor Films was born, sharing the day with the man who coined the phrase, "By Any Means Necessary."  With this understanding, Backdoor Films embraced the notion that when you can't get through the front door of opportunity, you have to make a way out of no way...

Established with the foundation to produce films that will enlighten and entertain while utilizing an abundance of untapped talent,
Backdoor Films is here to make a difference.


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