Dark, Gritty, Faith-Based and Art-House do not usually describe the same film. In this instance, those
words uniquely and appropriately describe Even in Darkness, Cities of Dreams Are Born. The filmmakers were compelled to paint an authentic
cinematic portrait of artists trying to survive the struggles of life, systemic poverty, addiction, generational incarceration and mental illness that
anyone of any faith could connect with. This is not an ordinary faith-based film – it keeps it real. The film is real because the filmmakers believe the
gospel is real. They established a cinematic mandate to stay true to the gospel.
A single father fights to give his young son the life he deserves while trying to achieve his own artistic ambitions.
Seven, a starving artist and single father, takes his 9-year-old son, Zeke, who dreams of being a rockstar on a journey though Atlanta’s eclectic music and art scene. The struggling father battles generational poverty, his own personal demons, the trials of the entertainment industry and maintaining his faith all while trying to give his son a fleeting chance at survival.
Director/ Writer/ Producer
Ghost is a filmmaker who devours life for all its worth. This is Ghost’s feature film directorial debut. The world knows Ghost from his world
record-breaking stunts and comedy sketches on his hit MTV show, Call To Greatness, where he broke 27+ world records and all most died on
camera twice. What most people did not know was the Atlanta resident is an ordained preacher driven equally by his passion for cinema and
his faith. He is the protégé of the world-renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. He considered her his segregate mother. She inspired him
to open his own acting school and become one of the premier acting coaches in the southeast. Ghost attended Morehouse College, UCLA,
Georgia Southern University and The Wharton School. He is currently assisting acclaimed director Andrzej Bartkowiak (The Devils Adv).
“I made this film because I literally had no choice. I reached a point where I could not keep living if I did not make this film. For me, it was a life and death situation. I raise four children; my daughter, two nephews and niece, so death was not an option, I had to keep living and make this film. I wrote a script that I did not have to wait on Hollywood to fund. I was not going to wait for other people to decide whether I could make the art God created me to make. In doing so, I wanted to inspire other artists to keep dreaming and fighting even through the darkness, when their dreams seem impossible. I felt compelled and driven to never stop moving forward no matter how difficult things became. If I can turn my dreams into reality other people can too.” – Ghost
• The entire principle production crew was Ghost and his DP.
• The majority of the cast were either first-time actors or acting
students of Ghost.
• The film was shot with all practical light.
• Ghost and his DP both worked full-time jobs during the 9 months of
filming until Ghost resigned in the final two months and focused
solely on the film.
• Ghost’s mother, two nephews, daughter, sister, aunt, niece,
neighbour, co-workers, pastor and wife all acted in the film.
• The film consists of an almost all original soundtrack.
• To get the right shot, Ghost threw himself down a flight of concrete
stairs three times during filming.
• Ghost’s nephew Zeke plays his son Zeke in the film.
• The film was shot in the Georgia cities – Buckhead, Atlanta, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Rome, Chamblee, Acworth, Marietta,
Virginia-Highland, Cabbage Town, Sweet Auburn, Edgewood- Kirkwood, Brookhaven, Little Five Points, Smyrna, Cumming,
Dunwoody and Grayson.
• Editing was done in Buckhead, Boston, NYC, Powder Springs and
• Never vocalized in the film, Ghost made the choice that his character suffered from undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.