If I Had Known I Was a Genius
|If I Had Known I Was a Genius|
|Directed by||Dominique Wirtschafter|
|Produced by||Mike Crawford
|Written by||Markus Redmond|
|Music by||John Coda|
|Edited by||Jeff Canavan|
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.
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.
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.
- Markus Redmond as Michael Reed
- Whoopi Goldberg as Mrs. Reed
- Keith David as Mr. Reed
- Debra Wilson as Teresa Reed
- Sharon Stone as Gloria Fremont
- Tara Reid as Stephanie
- Della Reese as Nana
- Andy Richter as Game Show Host
- French Stewart as Public School Principal
- David Denman as Baker
- Nadia Bjorlin as Faith
- Julie Hagerty as Teacher