COLOR BOOK

USA / 2024 / 105 min / English / Drama

Following his wife’s recent passing, single father Lucky finds himself navigating the challenges of raising his son Mason, who has Down syndrome. Mason is an 11-year-old exuberant boy who enjoys drawing and watching baseball with his dad. Seeking solace, Lucky and Mason embark on a journey across Metro Atlanta to attend their first baseball game together. Throughout their day-long trip, they encounter Murphy’s Law. From car breakdowns to missed trains, the duo faces a series of obstacles that test their relationship with each other. Despite the setbacks, they persevere, determined to reach the game. Together, Lucky and Mason learn that healing does not await them at the mountaintop, but can be found with every step along the path. “Color Book” provides an intimate portrait of a father and son while exploring the experiences of raising a child with Down syndrome, highlighting the strength and resilience that emerge from their bond. 

Director & Writer: David Fortune / Producers: Kiah Clingman, Kristen Uno, Autumn Bailey-Ford / Cinematography: Nikolaus Summerer / Editor: Orlana Soddu / Composer: Dabney Morris / Production Designer: Mily Moreno / Cast: William Catlett, Jeremiah Alexander Daniels, Teri J. Vaughn, Brandee Evans, Kia Shine, Njeme Williams, Deja Dee, Rhonda Johnson Dents, Candy McKellan, Lynne Ashe /

DIRECTOR: A graduate of Morehouse College’s CTEMS program and Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, David Fortune, has been selected into numerous directing fellowships such as the Village Roadshow Emerging Talent Program, Indeed/Hillman Grad’s Rising Voices Program, Netflix/Film Independent Amplifier Fellowship, and ViacomCBS – ViewFinders Directors Program where he shadow-directed two episodes of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. In addition, David participated in the Netflix Content Creator’s Program to direct his film, “Us” and premiered his short “Shoebox” at the Tribeca Film Festival. David was named the winner of the Tribeca – AT&T Untold Stories Program where he was awarded 1 million dollars to direct his first feature film, “Color Book”. As a writer and director, David’s creative vision centers on normalizing narratives of compassion and intimacy within inner-city environments. Through the art of visual storytelling and cinema, he aims to illuminate communities often overlooked and hidden in darkness.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT: COLOR BOOK addresses numerous topics from Black masculinity to disabilities, but the essence of our story is about a father and his son. Ultimately, COLOR BOOK is a love letter to a community often overlooked and whose stories remain untold. Through our film, we aspire to capture the essence of their lives in a beautiful story that resonates with us all. This is why I create images.

Contact: colorbookfilm@gmail.com

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DIRECTOR(S): David Fortune
SCREENWRITER(S): David Fortune
PRODUCER(S): Kiah Clingman, Kristen Uno, Autumn Bailey-Ford
CAST: William Catlett, Jeremiah Alexander Daniels, Teri J. Vaughn, Brandee Evans, Kia Shine, Njeme Williams, Deja Dee, Rhonda Johnson Dents, Candy McKellan, Lynne Ashe

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