Okorie Johnson, a native of Washington, DC, was drawn by Atlanta’s clarion call of music and art to Morehouse College in 1993. There he found a life as an artist – a cellist and a writer – and love with his soul-mate, Heather, who soon became his wife. His early prep-school life, coupled with his survival of the crack-blighted city streets of the 80s, created a rich but conflicted background from which to begin his life as an artist. It has been this conflict – this needing to make good as one of the lucky “Talented Tenthers” juxtaposed with his life-long preparation and burning desire to be an artist – that has provided the inspiration for his screenplay Canopy. In it he explores whether those who have been given much have the freedom to give back through art and dreams.