Last year we were lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to watch and review a  screener of  Divoni Simon’s first short film, Maturing Youth from multi-award winning entertainment production company R&F Entertainment. We were also excited to be offered an interview with Divoni last year to chat about his experience shooting the short film.

Now we’re excited to share with you an interview with Divoni from the world premiere of Maturing Youth in which he talks about the film, personal moments, his careers and aspirations. The world premiere red carpet event was held on October 21, 2018, in New York City. Maturing Youth was nominated for Best Film, Divoni Simon was nominated for Best Director, Sean A Kaufman was nominated for Best Actor, Kim Paris was nominated for Best Actress, Terrence Keene was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Darleen Rae Fontaine was nominated and won Best Supporting Actress. A total of 6 nominations and 1 win


Video courtesy of R&F Entertainment


Divoni Simon was birthed out of Hempstead, Long Island. Another brick in the wall of average suburbanites, he discovered solace from the crushing indifference of the world surrounding him through the films of Stanley Kubrick, Max Ophüls, Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, and many other directors. Inspired to become a filmmaker, he dedicated himself to learning the rules so that he might break them more fully and artistically. It can be said, Divoni, attended the “Quintin Tarantino Film School”, meaning, all his studies consisted of a rigorous diet of classical films and book research that took place inside the comfortability of his home; free tuition included. During his senior year of high school, he turned his attention to screenwriting, hand-scribing his first feature-length screenplay during slow class periods. He still writes to this day. In order to fund his directing debut short film, MATURING YOUTH, he took on a series of laborious and temporary side-jobs, with the help of donations from his family. As a writer/director, his goal is to engage a thought-provoking conversation about intellectual and philosophical material that will render his audience emotionally vulnerable.

R&F Entertainment hosted at the event sit down interviews with the stars discussing the film, their career, and their dreams and inspirations. Following the award ceremony at the film festival, the stars had individual standing interviews on the red carpet with TV host and interviewer, Award-nominated actress, producer, director, author, and entrepreneur Janet Miranda. The event had over 120 attendees from family, friends, crew members, and the general public. Individuals attending the event flew in as far as Florida and the west coast. Some even travelled over 20 hours by vehicle to attend. The screening room was filled to capacity and was sold out.

The film is currently going through the New York film festival circuits before making its Los Angeles premiere in Spring 2019. The film will make it overseas to its international film festival run in 2020 with a projected distribution deal to release the film to the public by the holidays in 2020.

You can keep up to date with everything Maturing Youth on their official website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

More interviews from the cast of Maturing Youth will be shared on R&F Entertainment’s social feeds from 8PM EST tonight (1AM for us folks in the UK).