If I Had Known I Was a Genius

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If I Had Known I Was a Genius
If I Had Known I Was A Genius Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Dominique Wirtschafter
Produced by Mike Crawford
Al Hayes
Daniel Sadek
Elie Samaha
Andrea Sperling
Dominique Wirtschafter
Written by Markus Redmond
Starring Markus Redmond
Whoopi Goldberg
Keith David
Debra Wilson
Sharon Stone
Tara Reid
Della Reese
Music by John Coda
Cinematography Scott Kevan
Edited by Jeff Canavan
Release date
  • January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

If I Had Known I Was a Genius is a film directed by Dominique Wirtschafter and written by Markus Redmond (who also stars in the film). The film premiered January 23, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.[1]


Michael (Markus Redmond) is an African-American boy with a genius I.Q. His family refuses to encourage him and tries to bring him down, and his mother (Whoopi Goldberg) nicknames him "Ugly". Michael enrolls in a high school drama class and finds encouragement from an eccentric teacher.[1]

An underestimated and completely misunderstood boy genius living with a dysfunctional family goes through a series of life challenges and finds it very difficult to fit in anywhere. He finds his true calling when his path collides with his drama teacher who notices his special gift and potential to become an exceptional actor. He attempts to realize his dream of becoming an actor but not without facing disbelief and contempt from both his family and friends.



  1. ^ a b Frilot, Shari (2013). "If I Had Known I Was a Genius". Sundance.org. Sundance Institute. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 

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