Imagine you have a dream to create your own episodic series. You enter a three minute pitch video and win the $25,000 top prize! That’s what happened last year to Miami’s Haitian-American filmmakers, actors and roommates Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste. In October 2017, Edson and Joshua joined Festival director Jaie Lapante to discuss the journey from shooting no-budget test-episodes to working on a new Miami set project in the community that inspired them.

All of their hard work has led up to GROWN, a scripted comedy series streaming this month on Complex. In the series, both Jean-Baptiste and Jean star as  two dichotomous twenty-something cousins who are forced to cohabitate. The series delivers the authentic perspective of two Haitian-Americans and is set in the diverse backdrop of inner city Miami.

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, Adaptive Studios and Complex Networks team up on Tuesday, June 5th for a special screening of the first two episodes of GROWN at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami, followed by a panel and Q&A session and a reception.  GROWN creators and stars Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Edson Jean will be in attendance.

After the death of his mother, Josh, a digitally dependent Haitian-American, is forced to live with his promiscuous and problematic cousin, Wes. A struggling actor who scrambles to make a living. He pulls Josh into a series of misadventures consisting of women, self-discovery, and social media relevance. This is a story of two fatherless men blindly leading each other to discover what it means to grow up– all under the backdrop of Miami’s vibrant, lesser known communities.

MDC’s Tower Theater Miami
1508 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 22135

Ticket prices: $15 general admission | $10 Miami Film Festival & Tower Theater Miami members (please purchase at box office)


Joshua Jean-Baptiste

Edson Jean