Garr, Ellis pact to create pics with urban spin
HOLLYWOOD — Shauna Garr and music manager James Ellis have formed Native Pictures, which recently teamed with Jersey Films to produce its first feature, “How High.” Directed by Jesse Dylan and starring rappers Method Man and Redman, comedy is slated for release Dec. 26 through Universal Pictures.
The Los Angeles-based Native aims to bring together artists from the film and music worlds to produce youth-oriented films with an urban spin.
Upcoming film projects include “True to the Game.” Adapted by Tyger Williams (“Menace II Society”) and based on Teri Woods’ novel, “True” is the story of a group of young women infatuated with the sexy and vicious world millionaire drug dealers. Native will produce alongside Cash Money Pictures.
Garr previously served as VP of development for Amy Heckerling and director of development for Buena Vista Television, where she helped launch “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.” She began her career as a producer at Merv Griffin Enterprises and MTV.
Ellis manages musicians such as Redman, Rockwilder, the DJ Twinz and Lady Luck.