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Foster Corder Serves Up Some Truth on Nina Wilt and #dolemiteismyname

Foster Corder Serves Up Some Truth on Nina Wilt and #dolemiteismyname

Duration 18m

Foster Corder lays claim to many "firsts" in his long and successful career as an awarding winning photographer, filmmaker and entertainment executive. Armed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Corder opened Foster's Pet and Animal Photography studio, becoming the first African American in the windy city to do so. The business was an instant success. His high profile clients included the Kal Kan companies and Carnation. The latter putting Corder on a nation wide tour to photograph race horses and award winning canines. Seeking new creative challenges, Corder dissolved his company and created Blackbird Films. He assembled a team of established and up and coming directors for such clients as McDonalds and the California Lottery. His staff included world-renowned director Gordon Parks as well as then new comers, Kevin Hooks, Forrest Whittaker and Bill Duke. Concurrently, Corder began a professional relationship with the legendary NBA star, Wilt Chamberlain that would last until Chamberlain's death. Foster co-produced and directed the documentary, "The Amazing Feats of Wilt Chamberlain and served as a consultant on hundreds of projects involving "The Stilt." Never one to pass up an opportunity, Corder was commissioned by Paramount Pictures to pen a screenplay entitled "The Cats," based on his life story. Having forged his birth certificate at just fifteen-years of age, "The Cats" chronicled Foster's thirteen months of active duty in Vietnam. A true survival story. Based on the success of BlackBird, Capitol Records made Corder a career offer he couldn't refuse becoming the first African American hired as an executive when he was named Director of Video Production. During his tenure at Capitol, Corder supervised a staff that would swell to hundreds of cast and crew members relevant to the production's completion. Corder produced music videos for Tina Turner, Paul Mc Cartney, Bonnie Rait and the highly successful, "Too Legit to Quit" and "Addams Grove" starring M.C. Hammer. Once again feeling the entrepreneur creative spirit, Corder ankled Capital Records to produce, director and photograph "The Legend of Dolemite," starring the aforementioned comedic legend. Corder spent the next several years filming comedians' nation wide. Corder formed Daughters 2 Feed Productions in Nineteen-Ninety-Five to focus on the new media technology and various projects he had written and acquisition. Always on the cutting edge, Corder recently completed postproduction on "Yo Alien" a Digital feature film, which he wrote, produced, photographed and directed. Presently acting as Producer, DP or Gaffer, on 8 features and 15 short films in the last two years. http://www.yoalien.com

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