Life Imitates Art? Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Directed Movie About Pastor and Political Corruption

By Tom Lauder

Is life imitating art in the City of Tamarac?

Eleven years ago, Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton (D-Holness) directed a movie about a young church pastor caught up in political corruption.

The two-minute YouTube trailer for “Johnny” gives us a brief glimpse of the musical comedy from the mind of Marlon Bolton. The movie features Bolton playing a reporter with an English accent.

In August 2010, Marlon Bolton spoke about “Johnny” with the Jamaicans.com website. According to the article, Bolton went from “high profile model agent to playwright” in the blink of an eye.

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Originally planned as a stage play, Bolton filmed his opus around Fort Lauderdale. The full title of the movie is “Johnny – Political Corruption and Community Passa Passa.”

The comically self-promoting article claims Marlon Bolton gave up a lavish party lifestyle with “A-listers” to film a movie with unknown actors in Broward County.

Bolton said, “I have not exactly made a drastic move; I have simply taken on another task… I will now produce amazing plays, present amazing actors while building the community I have now adopted.”

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From Jamaicans.com:

Marlon Bolton has yet again embarked on another mission which already is changing lives – from High profile Model Agent to Playwright. Bolton at age 12 started business in Jamaica and by 19 owned one of the most successful model placement agencies in the Caribbean, Marlon then moved permanently to the United States and took another bold step becoming a Model Agent managing models that has successfully completed assignments for Givenchy, Numero, GQ, Rolex and Dolce and Gabbana.

The flashy lifestyle of partying with models and jet setting to Fashion weeks across the world, sitting front row beside A-listers and doing business with the rich and famous is now traded for a Florida based team of rising Actors and Actresses and a dream to open a community centre and Theatre for the Arts. This drastic move according to Bolton is described by one of his mentors as a “Gemini thing” hinting that Gemini’s have multiple dreams and does a lot at the same time, but Bolton in his own words says “I have not exactly made a drastic move; I have simply taken on another task… I will now produce amazing plays, present amazing actors while building the community I have now adopted”  Read more.

Originally reprinted with permission from RedBroward.com.

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