One to Watch
Dewey A. Ortiz, Jr.
One to Watch – Dewey A. Ortiz, Jr.
Director, Writer and Founder of DK Filmworks
In 2010, with the goal and vision to change the perception of African Americans in cinema, this month’s One to Watch, Dewey A. Ortiz, Jr. co-founded DK Filmworks. His series “Survivor Stories”, which features four courageous D.C. women who have survived domestic abuse, won Best Web Series at the 2017 D.C. Black Film Festival. In addition to directing our living stories, Mr. Ortiz is also an imaginative writer. He wrote, directed and executive produced his first narrative short, “Comeuppance”, which screened at several festivals in 2014. Comeuppance is currently available for streaming on Amazon. In February 2019, Mr. Ortiz completed ‘The Runaways”, a powerful short filmed in Prince George’s County, MD and the District of Columbia. This film follows abused and neglected teenagers as they gather the courage to escape their tumultuous lives. “The Runaways” has been accepted into the Roxbury International Film Festival, and is under consideration for festivals throughout 2019 and 2020.
Mr. Ortiz is currently in production on his second documentary, “Higher Power.” This documentary will highlight cannabis legalization efforts in the District of Columbia and how it is impacting African Americans in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Check out the trailer to Mr. Ortiz’s work, ‘The Runaways’ below: