His words tell one story, his sketches tell the truth.

Reparations is a short film currently in pre-production with a projected 2020 release date. Check back here often to learn about cast/crew and more information. 


Living alone, an older feeble Jewish man named Howard agrees to be interviewed by Michonne a no-nonsense African-American woman doing research for her grad thesis on reparations. Howard relishes his time talking to the younger woman as she questions him about surviving in a concentration camp. However, he cannot grasp any similarity between reparations for descendants of slaves versus those he's received from Germany as a Holocaust survivor. The more they talk, the more secrets are revealed.

Stairs of Death at Mauthausen Camp, Austria

Stairs of Death at Mauthausen Camp, Austria


Gregory G. Allen Director/Screenwriter/Producer


Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, director and producer. His short film Hiding in Daylight (Writer/Producer) was one of 29 films chosen to screen at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival for 2019 and has been winning several awards.  His short film Mother  (Director/Writer/Producer) garnered him a Best Director award at Boston International Film Festival and Los Angeles International Film Festival and a 2015 Remi Award from WorldFest-Houston. His screenplay He is Gone was an official selection in the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival and his latest short Reparations is an official selection in the HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest summer 2019. 

Laurie Chock Producer/Editor


Laurie Chock has spent her career producing/directing and editing short and long form films and television segments. She has directed/produced many documentaries including Thread, a well received feature film about female Afghan entrepreneurs and the mid-Atlantic Emmy nominated NJN/PBS film, Ironbound Ties to Portugal. Laurie has made a number of award winning short films combining live action with animation working with her animation partner, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson. 

Jeff Turick Director of Photography


Jeff Turick has been visually telling award-winning stories for over twenty years. He's had an extensive career as a cinematographer which has taken him around the world working on features, commercials, music videos and more. As a director/DoP, his debut film Cut Up won the 1994 LA Filmmaker Award and his 2002 short Webcam premiered in the Sundance Channel's Buzz Cuts Series. He won the '09 Bronze Commercial Telly Award and the '07 Telly for Corporate Video. His film Allison was a winner for the Chapter 4 Selection in Canon's The Story Beyond the Still contest and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He has worked with Gregory G. Allen as  DP for Hiding in Daylight and

We are utilizing a visual artist to tell the inner story of our protagonist Howard. Meet Jazzmen Lee-Johnson.

Jazzmen Lee-Johnson is a visual artist, scholar, composer, and curator. Lee-Johnson traverses the subjects of critical race theory, the Atlantic slave trade, Black feminist theory, museum interpretation, and new media studies in both her curatorial and artistic endeavors. She has curated exhibitions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Artist Proof Studio and the ABSA Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; RISD Museum; and Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Lee-Johnson received her BFA in Film and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MA in Public Humanities at Brown University, where she was also a Public History of Slavery Fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.



It takes a village to create an indie film. YOU can help us get this film made with a tax deductible donation all thanks to to our fiscal sponsorship with From The Heart Production. Grateful to them!


Mauthausen Memorial

The screenplay for Reparations is a semi-finalist in the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards.

Our team keeps growing! Tannis Spencer has signed on as Assistant Director. Elissa Strell as Production Manager. We are lucky to have these two amazing women! 

The screenplay for Reparations is an official selection in the HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest.

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