Join us for the launch of our new film project I Don’t Live Today! We are crowdfunding on Seed & Spark right now and have until Oct 17th to raise 40K. Check out the campaign!
The brainchild of filmmaker/performer Mtume Gant, Alter Eye Cinemaworks is a production company aimed at creating cinema from the perspective of the underrepresented.
New York City born to parents from the Lower East Side and Seattle, Washington respectively, Mtume has held many different titles - Actor, Emcee, Director, Filmmaker, Music Producer and Educator in his life as an artist. A graduate of NYC's prestigious LaGuardia High School & The Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, he has worked heavily on stage, screen & TV, most notably as a cast member of the HBO show "Oz". But if you ask him where he's honed his craft, Mtume will tell you his greatest teacher has been the blocks of New York where he found his voice as an artist.
After moving to LA in an attempt to further his career within the Hollywood superstructure, Mtume chose to break off and seek his own path, taking a break from the commercial world of acting. As the son of a Jazz musician (he is named after virtuoso musician James Mtume), he decided to venture into his second passion, Hip Hop Music. He quickly became a mainstay within NY's Underground Hip Hop Community, releasing 3 Albums in 4 years: 2006’s “Nat Turner Reloaded” (Rap Reviews.com Top 10 Albums of the year), 2008’s “Ronin” and 2010’s “The Ecology”. He also made marks as a producer, doing cuts for Stones Throw artist Homeboy Sandman with the song “Airwave Airraid” (featured on Peter Rosenberg's show on Hot 97), Masai Bey, Bisco Smith, Creature and many others. Mtume's versatility ultimately led him to the Hip Hop/Jazz Fusion movement, working with virtuoso composer Dana Leong and the Spanish Marc Ayza Group. With these opportunities, Mtume found himself on stages all around the world, in countries such as China, Finland, Italy, France and at festivals such as Sweden’s Umea Jazz Festival and Brazil’s Savasi Festival, sharing bills and stages with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding and DJ Spooky.
But always the dramatist at heart, Mtume has remade a commitment to working once again in the world of Theatre and Film. In 2012 he premiered his first play as writer in the co-authored (and co-starred) production “Fields of Grey” with acclaimed UK writer/performer Avaes Muhammed at The Contact Theatre in Manchester-England. Directed by former Contact Theatre Artistic Director Baba Israel, Fields of Grey was well-received, putting Mtume on the path toward filmmaking. He made his directorial debut on short film vignette for singer/songwriter Conchita Campos’s song “Easy My Mind”. Months later, he started production on his first film “Spit” which went on to great success screening at nearly two dozen film festivals including Aspen Shortsfest, Woodstock Film Festival, nabbing about a dozen award nominations and even winning a few such as Best Short Film at the 2016 Coney Island Film Festival. He is currently touring his second short film, WHITE FACE around the film festival circuit furthering Mtume’s reputation as an artist with a radical voice about todays issues around race, identity and class in America. He is currently in development for his first feature film I DON’T LIVE TODAY which he aims to go into production on Spring 2019.
"Spit" was Mtume's first stab at writing and directing a short film. It was first unveiled to the public at BAM's New Black Voices festival in March 2015. It went on to enjoy a prosperous run, winning numerous awards and accolades and garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. For a deeper look, visit www.spitthefilm.com.