At the end of last year comedian Wil Sylvince rolled out a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie he co-wrote and will star in called I Am Maurice. The story is about a Hatian immigrant who comes to this country after a 2010 earthquake to make it as a boxer. The campaign earned just over $100,000 to get the film made, and now Silvince is getting some more assistance on the film from some big time comedy brethren.
Damon Wayans Jr. and Michael Che have signed onto the movie’s production and will executive-produce the movie which Silvince will star in and Jerry LaMothe will direct. Che and Wayans Jr donated to the Kickstarter as well as Dave Chappelle, Leslie Jones, and Chris Rock. As part of their pledges, Rock and Jones will make cameo appearances in the film.
Saturday Night Live co-head writer and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che and Damon Wayans Jr. (Fox’s New Girl) have signed on as executive producers on indie boxing film I Am Maurice, based on an original script by comedian Wil Sylvince and Bryan Kennedy. Jerry LaMothe is directing the pic, which follows Maurice (played by Sylvince), a downtrodden immigrant with aspirations of becoming a boxer and seeking a better life in America after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Sylvince and Kennedy will produce under their Brilliant Minds Productions banner along with Marshall exec producer Chris Bongirne.