Marcus D. Russell

content writer/theoretician/screenwriter

Location icon United States of America

I am a traditionally trained financial analyst and investment analyst that became a self-taught filmmaker (writer/director/producer). I am enamored with critical theory, film theory and semiotics as well as the public policy implications of political decisions and the representations of race, gender and class. I have abandoned investment banking and fundamental analysis to combine all of these interests to engage the audiences I write for. When I write I attempt to use all of these traits to create a unique form, and better understanding of the world we live in.


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TV Dramas

Theory & Criticism

UCLA Critical Studies MA/PhD application
Cure the Invisible

The origin of a new film genre

Diary of an unchosen film

Hi, how ya doin''s Cooprdog here with Filmcon! Do you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a great film and having no way to finance it? Do you wish you had the answer to pesky investor questions like "Will I see a return?," "Who's going to star in this film?"


Film Reviews

Film Threat - Drumline

IN THEATERS, DECEMBER 13TH! I am aware that you are trying, to the best of your abilities, to understand why a film that is so obviously about the mundane topic of marching bands looks and feels so much like a film about sports. Well, that is because this is a film about sports...

Film Threat - All About The Benjamins

The black comedy is something of a double-edged sword. It is without a doubt the most visible, most financially profitable segment of African-American film and at times it is the only intellectual property that the media conglomerates, in their infinite wisdom, will often consider producing.

Film Threat - Undercover Brother

Where shall I begin? Shall I tell how funny this film is, how many times I wiped tears out of my eyes? Shall I continue Director Malcolm D. Lee's hidden message of the film that comedy must be used to discuss race because many of us (black & white) refuse to take any comment on it seriously?

Film Threat - Focus

Neil Slavin's merry-go-round of apology affectionately titled "Focus", bearing the same name as the Arthur Miller novel that it was adapted from, is an exercise in near implausibility and should be re-titled "How to be an Anti-Semite and not offend anyone." In "Focus" William H.