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Biography for Greg Carter


            Greg is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University.  After studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Gordone, he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Fine Arts in Filmmaking Studies at Rice University.  

            His first independent feature "Fifth Ward", which he wrote, produced, edited, and directed, was shot on 35mm.  It was the Best Feature Winner at the 1997 New Orleans Black Film Festival and picked up awards for Best Director and Feature at the 1998 30th Parallel Film Festival in Austin.  "Fifth Ward" was also officially selected into the 1998 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.  The movie was acquired by York/Maverick Entertainment and released nationwide in March of 2000 to Blockbuster and Hollywood Videos and later ran on BET Action PPV.  It is currently airing on Black Starz Encore via Urban Entertainment.  Greg's sophomore studio film, "Thug Life", is financed and also distributed by York/Maverick Entertainment.  It had a limited theatrical run followed by a national release to video in March of 2001.  Thug Life premiered on Showtime Extreme during the month of April 2002.  On Diamonds from the Bantus, Greg's third feature project which wrapped production in March 2002, he served as co-writer and producer.  The cast featured Michael and Janet Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, and Todd Bridges, star of the hit television series Different Strokes.  The film is scheduled for release later this year via EMI Home Video.

            Greg has been featured in the following national publications:  THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, DETAILS, THE SOURCE, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE, and SCRIPT MAGAZINE, along with other regional and local magazines and newspapers, such as TEXAS MONTHLY.   He has been offered a multi-picture deal with York/Maverick Entertainment to write, direct, and produce feature films under their label and also acquired a separate deal to produce and direct three pictures to be executive-produced by Riot Entertainment and distributed through Jeff Clanagana's Ventura UrbanWorks banner.

            His body of work includes numerous shorts and music videos.  In January he completed the 35mm short "The Martini Shot", which he wrote and directed.  Greg's first music video "Smile" won the Best Music Video award at the 1992 Access Houston Cable Excellence Awards.  He recently completed shooting his eighth and ninth music videos, "Ring the Alarm" for Universal Records' recording artist The Warden and Tuyo for EMI Latin recording group Grupo Kache, respectively.

            In February of this year, Greg inked a deal with Michael Jenkinson of Urban Entertainment to write and produce the first interactive role-playing, Flash-animated web series.  Based upon and named after his second feature Thug Life, ten episodes are scheduled to appear on Urban website beginning January of 2003.

            When his schedule permits, Greg enjoys teaching filmmaking.  He founded the Fifth Ward Young Filmmaker's Project in 1992.  Through the program, Greg instructed over a hundred youths from 1992 to 1996.  In 1995, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier and Council Member Michael Yarbrough awarded him citations for his service, involvement, and contribution to the Fifth Ward community.  In association with Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), he recently taught a filmmaking class at Project Row Houses for underprivileged youths to give them the opportunity to learn the craft and art of storytelling through film.

            Greg served as producer and director on The Dirty Third II: Home Sweet Home , his fourth feature, which wrapped production on August 5th  of 2002, The film is being released via Artisan Entertainment in July of this Year.  The movie is based on the story that Greg co-wrote with Wreckshop Records CEO Derrick D-Reck Dixon.  The film features Def Jam South's multi-platinum recording artist Scarface, E-40, Lil Troy, BET Comic View legend Renaldo Rey, rapper Big Moe, and other members of the Wreckshop Records family.  The soundtrack will be available via Priority/Capitol Records.

Most recently he served as Executive Producer on the feature film Hustletown Mobbin,and the latin hip hop documentary,What's Really, which features rap recording artists Fat Joe, Baby Beesch, Kid Frost, and others. What's Really  is scheduled for first release, June of  2003 via Simmons-Lathan Media.  Hustletown Mobbin features Sony/Columbia platinum recording artist Lil Flip as well as South Park Mexican and Lil Troy.  Greg also served as Associate Producer on the Maverick Entertainment/Sleeping Giant feature film, Diggin for Dollars. Both features, Diggin for Dollars and Hustletown Mobbin are being released by Maverick Entertainment summer 2003.

            His current projects includes the Break-Away Films romantic comedy,  My Big Phat Hip Hop Family, on which Greg will served as the film's co-producer and director. Production  wrapped fall of 2003 in Miami, Florida.  Greg is currently in New Orleans prepping his next comedy feature, Treasure in tha Hood on which he will serve as director/producer.

            Greg's  next feature, the drama Tha Last Gangsta , is scheduled to begin pre-production March of 2004 and is slated to star Vivica Fox and DMX. Greg recently signed with the William Morris Agency, and is represented by Carey Nelson-Burch.


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Housotn, TX. 77074
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