‘Preacher’ gives hope to newbie filmmakers

Fox lot guards get together to make movie

Sometimes it pays not to stick to your day job.

For Kenneth Morgan and some colleagues, the daily brush with Hollywood that came with with their jobs as security guards at 20th Century Fox wasn’t enough. So they got together and made “The Preacher and the Skinhead.”

Film tells the story of Harold (Morgan), a black man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a skinhead while both wrestle with personal demons: Harold’s marital troubles and the skinhead’s attempts to flee from his troubled past.

“When I first came to L.A., I came to be in the industry,” Morgan says.

Personal goals like starting a family derailed Morgan’s dream. But when fellow Fox guard Gary Woods approached him about producing a film, Morgan says he wrote an outline for Woods that very day.

“I’ve always been a risk-taker,” Woods says. “I’m not married … I’ve never had to worry about (feeding a family), which gave me a lot of latitude to do this.”

Since July 2009, their free time has been taken over with every aspect of production, from acting to editing to art direction. And “Preacher’s” world is very much grounded in Morgan’s: His wife plays Harold’s wife, his minister plays the preacher and the skinhead is inspired by a friend from Morgan’s past, portrayed by guard Rudy Giordani. Lensing on the project is just wrapping up.

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