Internationally recognized Actor and Filmmaker Tsalta Baptiste continues to honor iconic figures in the Black community on camera after co-starting in “The Gentle Giant,” a new biopic film about George Floyd which premiered at the Cannes Festival early this month and is currently airing on Hulu.
The Gentle Giant revolves around the story of Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, whose killing by Minneapolis police made worldwide headlines.
The movie is led by a powerhouse cast and crew that include fresh talent Director Andre Muir of SMUGGLER, who also represents such talented directors as Jonah Hill and Barry Jenkins – director of the Oscar winning film “Moonlight,” and Ad Council, whose Love Has No Labels campaign won an Emmy. The short film is an extension of that campaign and solidified by R/GA, which won the Agency of the Year Award at the Cannes Festival in 2015.
Tsalta Baptiste adds a unique flavor to the cast given his impressive track record of biopic success in China where he earned global recognition.
Movie fans looked forward to the release of “The Gentle Giant,” which serves as the first film about George Floyd. Its premiere at the Cannes Festival, an immense platform that provides a rendezvous for people interested in the art and influence of the movies, spells how calls for racial justice have touched nearly every aspect of people’s lives.
In the movie, Tsalta Baptiste plays Dorian, the husband of Bridgett Floyd. He says, “It is an honor to be advocating with the Floyd family, my community, and the future of the world through my passion as an actor and storyteller. People on set kept telling me that Bridgett hand-picked me to play her husband in this story.”
As a Black American, he starred in and directed the self-produced film “Until the End of Time” which was shot in and released in China. The semi-biopic film was the first narrative project about Tupac Shaker’s life before the release of the domestic biopic All Eyes on Me in 2016.
Taking the world by storm, Tsalta garnered interest from leading publications that include Rolling Stone, The NY Times, Vice, and 60 others in 12 countries.
As he continues to carve out his place in the industry, Tsalta announced that he has a one-man play in the works and is also set to host the first-ever Black Horror Film Festival this October at The Britely Social Club in West Hollywood. He is inviting filmmakers to submit to the Festival, and in addition, producers and agents to attend.
Those who want to collaborate with the Tsalta Baptiste may send a direct message on his social channel www.instagram.com/TsaltaBaptiste. Others who wish to learn more about him may visit www.tsaltabaptiste.com for more information.