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Jerome Elston Scott

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If confidence breeds success, then filmmaker and actor Jerome Elston Scott is well on his way to a great career. Appearing on critically acclaimed television shows as disparate as"Freaks and Geeks" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," Scott quietly watched and studied then television directors Judd Apatow and Joss Whedon and learned about how to create dynamic and interesting characters. Those first hand experiences served him well when Scott went behind the camera to create the acclaimed “Anderson’s Cross,” due for release on DVD this month. The coming-of-age story of three high school friends, including the gay title character played by Scott himself, was a film festival favorite, and reflected the kind of maturity and sensitivity that marks Scott as a young talent to watch.

Growing up in New Jersey and Florida, Scott comes from a loving, supportive family, who always challenged him succeed at the highest level. When he told them he wanted to get into acting, they asked if he wanted to be an actor, or an actor in show business. Understanding that a life of creating and performing in film would be more than a lark, Scott has carried that single-minded focus into his work as a writer and director. As a young African-American male, he was discouraged at the limited number of roles he was being offered as an actor – so he wrote the loosely autobiographical “Anderson’s Cross,” surrounding himself with veteran performers such as Michael Warren (“Hill Street Blues”) and Joanna Cassidy (“Six Feet Under”) and an experienced crew to guide him on his self-produced first feature.

Jerome is now preparing to helm his second film, "Prep School," which will commence filming in Spring of 2011.