Rock Island Woman

Winner > Best Actress > Short Film
Man meets woman. Man falls in love with a woman. Both have provocative fantasies, both wish to use the other. Falling in love can lead to happiness. This love can only lead to violence.
Director > Kenneth Benson Forrester, Barna Lumpkin
Writer > Kenneth Forrester
Producer > Kaitlyn Forrester, Clayton Nix P.G.A.Co-Producer
Key Cast
Mitch Lemos
Andrea Fernandez
Constantine Varazo
Michael Howell
Steve Eifert
William Tokarsky
Anayesik Manzo

Director Biography
Kenneth Benson Forrester, Barna Lumpkin
Kenneth, an Atlanta native, started acting and making indie films in 2005. Founded The Great Wall Productions LLC (which would later become Mobocracy) With Barna Lumpkin and became an award-winning filmmaker by 2010. His training at Callanwolde led him to unique visions as an artist. It proved to him his empathy for others and knowledge of storytelling helped him communicate very well with people. He took this foundation and began his grassroots journey as a filmmaker. Hustling the Atlanta film scene working pro, and indie gigs for 18+ years have taught him a lot about content creation and high-quality storytelling, or as he calls it “screen poetry.” In 2010 he and Barna filmed “The Immortal Swordsman”, which won them a first place award at the GPC film fest. He went on to produce his own feature-length film, “Love My Country” which he also directed and starred in. It premiered at the Plaza Theater in 2015 and was picked up by the local GA-based streaming service, Peachflix. Since then he has produced over 18 short films and perused acting on the side.
As an artist, Barna is one of those rare gems. He possesses an innate ability to understand physicality and storytelling like no other. Some of that is due to his extensive Martial Arts training no doubt. As a writer and director, he is a powerhouse, full of compelling ideas and creative ways to keep a story moving. Not long after stage managing for productions of “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan and “Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller for the GPC Theatre’s Art Guild – in 2008, he wanted to refocus his eye back to film. He began writing again in 2010 and met Kenneth Forrester. They founded The Great Wall Productions (which would later become Mobocracy) together and began a fruitful indie film career. They made “The Immortal Swordsman” and the rest is history. During that time, he also attended Georgia State University. Between 2014-2017 emerging with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in TV/Video Production and a Minor in Theatre. He wrote, produced, or directed around 12 shorts at The Great Wall Productions LLC by 2020.