My name is Joseph Michael Chopin. I am a movie producer raised in many places around the United States of America. Most of my life I have grown up in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
When I was in kindergarten, I had no idea what I loved, in fact, I did not even know that I could have the idea to decide to love anything. I lived in a world that had not yet been touched by the world, I was in my “unknown” phase of life. Every Friday was a half day for me in kindergarten, so my teacher Mrs. Banks who loved me dearly, would play the movie Free Willy, or another similar movie for the children to watch. On the cassette version of the Free Willy movie, in the beginning before the actual movie begins, there is a live performance from Michael Jackson – “Will you be there” is the name of the song. I was captivated by his voice and performance and fell in love with the movie, thus entering the world of film and entertainment. Because I attended a 7th Day Adventist school, Mrs. Banks fast forwarded through the remainder of Michael’s performance, and I remember running across the room to beg her to let it play through. Mrs. Banks looked down at me and said something along the lines of “This music is secular, and if you want to listen to it, listen to it at home” – Her logic at the time confused me, because I saw no sense in playing the movie, and then fast forwarding through Michael’s portion. Nevertheless, I was convinced that producing movies was my future. Movies like Free Willy give me enough inspiration to take something broken and fix it. I see our society as broken and misguided – I use film as my tool to help fix the world we live in.
The universe plays a big part in the way I write my films. To me, the universe beyond our society is very important in understanding one’s self. When I enter the world I created for myself to begin the process of writing my films, time does not exist for me. This makes things achievable for me and allows me to move at any pace I want. One day, I thought back to many years ago and tried to remember what time it was. I looked everywhere for a clock and could not find one, and then I realized that at the time I was thinking, clocks did not exist. I placed so much value on time in my life that I forgot that the universe never stops moving, no matter what time the clock reads. I use this fact to influence my movies and I create worlds that do not end or begin. The way I make my films is the way I live my life.
I lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan, for over 10 years of my life, and although it was awesome to live right next to Lake Michigan, and the summers there are beautiful, the actual city of Benton Harbor does not go through very many changes annually like cities such as Chicago, which stands directly across the lake. Because of the low activity level here in Benton Harbor, I decided to use my resources to create my company 99 Years Studios, LLC. When I was 13, my mother moved me and my two brothers to Benton Harbor Michigan from Queens, NY. At the time, she was working on her doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Andrews in Berrien Springs Michigan. At that age I knew clearly that I wanted to be a movie producer because of my love for movies like Free Willy and Casper The Friendly Ghost – I continued to ask my Mom if she can send me back to New York to live with my Dad so that I can study at a school for the arts (Because Southwest Michigan does not have many opportunities for young film makers) But she could not afford to send me back, or to place me in a school for the arts – So I created 99 Years Studios, LLC – A movie company dedicated to changing the world through motion pictures. My goal in the beginning was to write movies that would rival television shows. Because I never had the tools around me to create the movies I wanted to create, I used every bit of my energy in writing what will soon be the greatest movie in the history of cinema – That movie is called: “99 Years” and it is a story about two children who love one another, but are forbidden to be together. This movie concept came to me while living in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
I enjoy capturing moments that are unscripted. Sometimes I will keep the camera rolling between takes to try and catch little moments of love, laughter, tears or hatred from a subject. I enjoy working with people that have never acted before, or that have no desire to be an actor at all – I have practiced this quite a bit throughout my career because of the awkward feeling the person gives off on camera – It is almost like the person is trying to do it right, but does not really know if they are going to succeed or not. This feeling makes it real for me because of the way people in our society handle certain situations.
Michael Jackson remains to be the most influential person in my life. When I was a kid my mom bought me Michael Jackson’s Thriller album on cassette tape for Christmas. When I first listened to it, I hated it because I did not get the actual toy or gift I wanted. After about one o year of ignoring the tape, I finally listened to it for the second time, and I fell in love with Michael Jackson’s music for life. Michael Jackson’s words mean the world to me, because he not only represents peace and love, but truth. Michael’s music has influenced me to write all of my major motion pictures and has given me countless ideas when I am lost or trying to find the world I created for myself. Some of my favorite songs from Michael are: “Wanna Be Startin Somethin” “Will You Be There” “Bad” “Ben” and “Smile” – Michael did not make me want to be a film maker, Michael makes me want to be great at anything I do.
The company that I always dreamed of creating focuses on bringing the world together through film. I will always do my best to work with the people of the world to give them the entertainment they want to see, touch, feel and hear. 99 Years Studios Entertainment stands for more than film. 99 Years Studios is a place where original ideas manifest and become the greatest experience any human working with us can will ever have. We not only give our audience the experience of a life time – we give our crew and cast an experience they will never forget. As the CEO/Founder of 99 Years Studios, I know that I will create the greatest movie in the history of cinema, but until then, I am working on my next movie – A movie so thrilling that it will leave you in a world of wonder. Our next movie is going to be so great, that our audience must decide a brand new genre for it. Our next movie is going to be the story of Mayor Harold Lee Washington, the first Mayor in the history if America to destroy the Chicago political crime syndicate. Mayor Washington’s movie is called “The Greatest Good”
Here are the links to all social media regarding The Greatest Good Movie:
THE GREATEST GOOD MOVIE SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook Group: The Greatest Good Movie Group
One minute sizzle trailer: https://www.youtube.c
WVON Radio Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmT8B8bYuCk
Here are the links to all of Joseph Chopin’s Work History:
JOSEPH CHOPIN WORK HISTORY:
v=SSDt6G0IVrI – HERE IS MY REEL
OTHER WORK FROM CHOPIN:
v=WE9RLzNUC-8&t=8s – Blue1647 BLUE FUND
v=DAwPJ0gigPo&t=42s – Blue1647 CODE BLUE Trailer
v=Mp5q78sxt5w – Chance The Rapper
v=SimLsMqbKyc – 99 Years For Uganda
v=PT7UOmPqXlk – R. Kelly Backyard Party – Assist Director
v=-eqzbDrceuQ – The Power of A Promise
v=Pt4rUWAZGYA – Best Friends 4H Club Documentary
v=J8F0LQaMHJM&t=3s – The Almighty Movie Trailer
v=BZeVUwTeeIQ – Extra Ordinary
v=xvPbVdvRYYc – 24 Hour Hackathon
v=z39g3OJ5s6w – 24 Hours of Change
i_HR4 – 56th Annual Chicago Emmy Awards
v=vACx5X0JOGE – Pursuit The Movie Trailer 10