Hero Story is an expression of my love for comic books and superheroes. I remember watching the Superman and Batman serials of the 1950s, and the flux of animated superhero cartoons of the 1990s. My favorites were Batman: The Animated Series, X-men and, of course, Spider-man. I used to imitate these super human personas while playing with cousins and peers. Not only because of their physical ability, but the character and chivalry they exhibited taught me lessons in my own life. While movies and comics entertain us, they also have the power to reflect the world around us in meaningful and impactful ways.
Upon repeated viewings of Hero Story, you might find several underlying themes at play pertaining to race, class, and gender. On a certain level, this film serves as my commentary on the lack of diversity among superhero representations in film and media. But the most important message I aim to communicate with Hero Story, and that I think applies to everyone, is that we all have the power to be our own heroes. We don’t have to wait for permission to decide, or to become, what we want to be. Don’t use others as a metric to compare yourself to. Don’t rely on someone or some title to validate who you are. Find your own brilliance. Be your own you, and be the best you that you can be. Everything else will follow. This film was produced by actors, who generally are perceived as not having much of a choice when it comes their career path. Think about that…
I can’t recall ever putting more time and energy into something, but the payoff of seeing the elements come together is irreplaceable. My team and I had several constraints in making Hero Story, but we stuck it out (as one should with anything) and learned valuable lessons along the way. I think the end product speaks for itself, and I’m happy to share it with you. I hope you enjoy Hero Story and thanks for watching!
Writer / Director / Producer
A graduate of the University Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Kaylon has been recognized for his body of work as both an actor and filmmaker. Born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, Kaylon targeted USC knowing he wanted to pursue an acting career. It was there that his love for the craft of filmmaking was ignited. Kaylon briefly studied mathematics before entering the school’s prestigious film program. Ironically, he was viewed as overly shy by his elders and peers growing up. He was voted “Mr. Quiet” by his high school class.
In addition to producing, Jus acts, writes, directs, and performs improv. He grew up in Atlanta, GA. He fell in love with movies at a very young age and knew then that he wanted to work in the industry. While earning his degree at The University of Georgia, he began working in the Atlanta film scene. After working on shorts, features, and in theatre, he moved to Los Angeles. Once there, he joined The Beverly Hills Playhouse and continued studying. His time in LA has been wonderful as he just finished the feature, Only in LA. Jus would like to thank his friends and family for their undying support.
Nick Edwards-May is an actor, writer, and musician from San Francisco. He discovered a passion for acting as a member of the troupe Duct Tape & Prayers at the Coastal Rep in Half Moon Bay and he’s been acting ever since. Nick has a B.A. in English and Literary Theory from UC Berkeley. Notable stage productions include the GLADD nominated Revolver (Best LA Theatre) and the L.A. premiere of 3 Kisses. Recent film credits include Only in L.A., Adam & Abby, and Screamplay, as well as the FremantleMedia pilot Funny in Love.
Originally from Port Arthur, Texas, Vanessa moved to New York after college to pursue a successful modeling and acting career. She has appeared on both the small and large screen, where her credits include multiple television and film appearances. Vanessa is a multi-award nominated producer whose credits include the feature film A Mother’s Love and Piano Lesson, to name a few. Her Sparkling City Entertainment handles a wide variety of services including film, television, and stage production and directing, talent management, public relations and marketing. Vanessa is currently in development on two feature films, as well as producing Celeste B. Walker’s play, Camp Logan.
John R. Davidson (J.R.) is a native of Pasadena, California. After graduating from Morehouse in 2003, he has made several television appearances including CBS’ NCIS and ABC’s Revenge. He has honed his acting craft at the esteemed Beverly Hills Playhouse under the guidance of Rick Podel, Art Cohan, Richard Lawson, and Allen Barton. Currently J.R. is producing a documentary called the Francis Bok experience, which deals with human trafficking and slavery.