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Published on February 7th, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Roderick Lawrence Makes Feature Film Debut with Legal Drama ‘Silent Partner’

Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Roderick Lawrence, co-founder of Oscar-contending production company Black Man Films, is poised to captivate audiences with his feature film debut, Silent Partner. This riveting legal thriller, based on Lawrence’s award-winning short film of the same name, promises to tackle pressing social issues while delivering gripping entertainment.

Roderick Lawrence’s Feature Film Debut

In “Silent Partner”, Lawrence takes on the lead role of a young black trial attorney facing a morally complex case involving race and justice. The film delves into his internal struggle, workplace microaggressions, and the dynamics of his personal life, offering a thought-provoking exploration of systemic racism and moral integrity.

Stellar Cast and Crew

Filmed in the vibrant backdrop of New York City, “Silent Partner” boasts a stellar ensemble cast including Susan Heyward, Eric Nelsen, and Jeff Perry. Director of Photography Eric Branco makes his feature directorial debut, ensuring visually stunning storytelling. Branco is most known for his work as a cinematographer on films like Clemency and The 40-Year-Old Version. With the involvement of esteemed casting directors Bess Fifer and Aaron Schoonover, the film promises exceptional performances from its talented cast.

Silent Partner – Official Trailer from Salma | Black Man Films on Vimeo.

Roderick Lawrence: A Rising Star

Lawrence’s ascent in the industry has been marked by critical acclaim and recognition. With accolades such as the BronzeLens Film Festival BEST ACTOR award and an AUDELCO nomination, he has proven himself as a formidable talent. His commitment to authentic representation and storytelling shines through in “Silent Partner”, reflecting his dedication to empowering the black community and shedding light on overlooked narratives.

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Empowering the Black Community

Driven by a passion for positive representation, Lawrence and Black Man Films co-founder Salma Qarnain are committed to amplifying diverse voices and experiences. Through “Silent Partner”, Lawrence aims to spark conversations about systemic racism and its impact on individuals and families, fostering a deeper understanding of these pressing issues.

Black Man Films Co-founders Salma Qarnain(L) and Roderick Lawrence (C), and Chiristopher Gillard (R) (Courtesy of Black Man Films)

Black Man Films Co-founders Salma Qarnain(L) Roderick Lawrence (C), and Christopher Gillard (R) (Courtesy of Black Man Films)

Join the Conversation

For more information on Roderick Lawrence, Black Man Films, and “Silent Partner”, visit and follow @rodericklaw and @silentpartnerfilm on Instagram. Be part of the movement to empower and uplift marginalized voices in cinema.

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