“A special thanks to Jerome’s Conquest’s family for supporting Jerome and for supporting me and my team. As a filmmaker there is no greater honor than to be invited into their lives to tell Jerome’s story. Theresa, Ace, Sonya, and Tyrone have been a massive inspiration to me; getting to know them and becoming friends has been one the great joys of my life. I couldn’t be happier to be in Philadelphia screening the film for them and their community, Strawberry Mansion.” — Timothy Blackwood, Director
Director Timothy Blackwood takes the stage at The Philadelphia Film Festival with star Jerome Conquest and producer Bradford Downs. “The virtue and beauty of Jerome’s life shine a light for all of us,” says Blackwood.
We’re delighted that Glen Mills Schools will be sending students to the screening. We want this film to help inspire youth. It’s the same mission that Jerome Conquest has been on, and we hope that they will be inspired.
Jerome Conquest will be joined by his community of Strawberry Mansion at the Philadelphia premiere of The Conqueror
Jerome Conquest speaks to youth from Glen Mills Schools about hope, possibility, and the future. Many thanks to the teachers of Glen Mills Schools for bringing students to meet Jerome. We’re excited to have you join us for the Philadelphia premiere of The Conqueror.
Congratulations to our editor Jay Gammill, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Amazing Race. “Jay worked tirelessly to make an terrific cut of The Conqueror. He’s an incredible editor and an amazing friend. I’m so pleased to have worked with him. It won’t be the last time,” says Timothy Blackwood. “Jay—we’re keeping our fingers crossed for you.”
Every year Jerome Conquest raises funds to buy backpacks for kids in his neighborhood, Strawberry Mansion. He is always going above and beyond to be a champion for those that need him. Jerome is a true hero, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.
The team came from both East and West Coasts to attend the premiere at Heartland’s Indy Shorts Film Festival. This was Jerome Conquest’s first film festival representing his neighborhood, Strawberry Mansion.
Watch an interview with the crew here.
The poster portrays Jerome Conquest with his daughter on his shoulders on his street in Strawberry Mansion, and in the boxing ring at Joe Hand Gym.
The prestigious Heartland Film will hold its inaugural festival exclusively dedicated to short films. The Conqueror will have its world premiere in a program carefully curated by the Heartland staff.
Portions of two songs will be heard in The Conqueror: First Breath After Comma and Memorial. The band is comprised of Chris Hrasky, Michael James, Munaf Ryani, and Mark Smith.
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Savall is one of the world’s finest musicians of early music, a master of the viola de gamba, composer, and music director. The piece, Les Folies d'Espagne, by Marin Marais, recorded live by La Foundation Juan March, will appear in the The Conqueror.
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