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.

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