Up With Me
When Francisco is awarded a scholarship to an elite boarding school outside his native Harlem, he finds himself alienated both from the friends who resent his success and the wealthy classmates who have pigeonholed him as hoodlum who can score drugs for them. UP WITH ME is the result of the Harlem Movie Project, which paired inner city New York teenagers with professional filmmakers. Based largely on the teenagers' real experiences, the film is a portrait of friendships, opportunities and disappointments.
Greg Takoudes is the director, producer, and co-writer of UP WITH ME. Greg is also a co-producer and the co-writer of THE HOUSE OF SATISFACTION, a feature film currently in post-production. Prior to becoming an independent filmmaker, Takoudes worked for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on the creative team at Imagine Entertainment in Los Angeles. There, Takoudes was involved with the development of movies such as CINDERELLA MAN (2005) and A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001).