Sugar is the feature film debut from Rotimi Rainwater. Based on true events, Sugar is the story of a young girl with a troubled past trying to survive on the streets of Venice Beach. Sugar suffers from PTSD after losing her entire family in a horrific car crash. She survives with her group of outcast friends on the streets of Venice Beach trying to find their own place in the world. Like so many homeless youth, Sugar is running from the pain of her past and will do anything to escape it. However with the help of Bishop, her counselor in the youth shelter, she is able to reconnect with her uncle who has been searching for her. Sugar's new world starts to crumble when forced to confront the demons she's run from for the last two years. Sugar is an all too common story of a troubled youth learning how to stop hiding, and to start healing.
Lost In America follows Rotimi Rainwater on his continuing journey to find out why America doesn't care about its over 1 million homeless youth. Most people think they know what it’s like to be on the street. Or, they think they can imagine what it would like to be on the streets; but they can’t. Life on the streets is lonely. It’s full of isolation, you feel invisible and hopeless. Rotimi Rainwater experienced all of those feelings during the 9 months he spent living in my car, couch surfing, and on the streets of Orlando, Florida. Afterwards, he spent the next 22 years working my way up through the film industry. Which all culminated when he directed my first feature film, Sugar. After directing Sugar, Rotimi realized that very little was being done to help the youth on the streets and was left with more questions than answers. Questions like, why are there over 1.2 million homeless youth on the streets today? Why are there only 50,000 beds nationwide for these kids? Why are there over 5,000 animal shelters in our nation and only 420 youth shelters? And most importantly; why doesn’t our nation care about our homeless youth? And that’s where this film starts. We’ve decided to find the answer to those questions. Follow my journey…
Sp!t was the first feature documentary for Village Entertainment. Directed by Rotimi Rainwater Sp!t follows 4 SLAM POETS as they make their was to the National Poetry Slam competition. The film isn’t about the poetry, but more so about the lives of these poets. It is an in-depth look at what would make a young artist get on stage every night and bare his soul, not for the promise of riches that comes with hip hop, but because they have to. Because they have something so strong inside of them that has to come out. Because if nothing else, they just have to…. SP!T
Director Rotimi Rainwater spent over a year documenting and shooting for The Truth Anti-Tobacco campaign. Besides web content, he shot the spot Taxi Confessionals for the Truth. As well, Village Produced the behind the scenes piece for the Lyricist Lounge tour which featured Mos Def and Slum Village.
Current TV invited director Rotimi Rainwater to be one of it's featured directors at the launch of the channel. Having just finished SP!T, they asked Rotimi and Village to produce a series of spoken word vignettes giving a commentary on issues relevant for the day. Rotimi reached out to some of the poets he'd worked with in SP!T; Oveous Maximus, Mayda Del Valle, Beau Sia, and Al Be Back. The result was amazing!!!
10couples.org was a joint venture between the ACLU and Public Interest directed by Rotimi. The goal was to share stories of those affected by prejudice that affects same sex couples. The aim was to show the lives of these ordinary couples who are denied equal protection under the law simply because of their sexual preference. It was a powerful campaign to work on and highly effective at shedding the light on this issue.
A story about a group of friends who decide to get together 10 years after college to celebrate the death of one of their fathers and work on the farm house he left their friend, Fitz. The film focuses on lives we try to portray to our friends, the realities we deal with when alone, and dreams we've let go in order to fit in. Modern Problems is about that time in your life we all go through; when what you have in mind for your life, meets what your life has in mind for you….
The life of a dancer, to most, is incredibly romantic. Performing at the Met, touring with artists like Lady Gaga, or Madonna, or choreographing for the Grammys, these are some of the dreams that dancers share. This is the romantic world that is a dancer’s life. But what about the lives we don’t hear about? What about the dancers that never made it? What about the girl with a dream in Idaho, with out the means to make it to Los Angeles? Or the dancer who tasted fame, only to have it slip away? These are the stories that fill the documentary, “The Dancer”, a film that explores the entire world of modern day dance.