We caught up with DeVon Franklin on the set of his new film, Miracles from Heaven, a new movie he’s producing with Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes. The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah and is filmed right here in the budding film capital of the world, Atlanta, GA. Like many of DeVon’s films, this film is set to empower and project the idea of having faith. The movie is based on a true story of a young girl who experiences a miracle that cures her of a digestive disorder and saves her from an accident that nearly claimed her life. DeVon projects full on confidence not only about this film, but in all that he does; this confidence is full of positive energy that is unapologetic and contagious.
“You don’t have to compromise your faith to find success,” said DeVon early on in our chat. This came to him while he was in Beijing working on The Karate Kid with, Will Smith. While in the middle of filming, DeVon decided to observe Sabbath, as he normally does regardless of where he is or what he is working on. This became his inspiration to write his first book, Produce by Faith in 2011. “Organically, executive, preacher, author…how did it all work at the time, came from my desire to figure out how do I help and encourage people?” DeVon said. More specifically, DeVon was able to refine his core being and identity by his desire to help others be authentic to whom they were, find success, no matter what situation they were in.
This want to help others through his attempt to discover himself and remove the limitations that society tries to impose on people everyday is what led him to his decision to leave Sony to start his own production company, Franklin Entertainment. By leaving Sony and starting his own company, opportunities began to flow in, which reaffirmed the steps that he decided to take in his life and therefore, how many lives he was able to touch and influence by stepping out on his own. “I wanted to start a company that could make content that was an extension of what I was already doing,” he said. “I didn’t know what that was going to look like, but I knew that if I stayed as an executive, it was going to limit the potential I have because I had taken that job as far as it could go,” he said with confidence. And so he did and the doors of opportunity opened for him, including the opportunity for him to step from behind the camera and into the forefront in his debut-acting role as a preacher in the upcoming film, Woodlawn.
Woodlawn is a film based on a true story about a gifted high school football player that has to hold on to his faith and talent while fighting racism in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 1970s set to hit theatres on October 16th. DeVon was able to learn a great deal by being on the other side of the camera and is able to acknowledge the different mindset and skillset it takes to succeed in both.
“What I learned by being on the other side of the camera is how much trust you have to have because on this side of the camera I can see everything looking at the monitor. When you are in front of the camera you have to trust, that when the person on the other side is saying that it is good, that it is good and you have to trust it because you don’t know,” DeVon mentioned “I have a deeper respect for acting and making a film overall” “Meagan helped me tremendously. I don’t think I could have done it without her. I loved it. It was a great experience!” Throughout our chat it was great to see DeVon mention how much he appreciated, loved, and leaned on his wife, Meagan Good, for support as he juggles the multiple balls that he currently has in the air. He loves working with and learning from her.
“It’s not about husband and wife, it’s about getting the help from one of the best experts in their field,” he said. “We keep that dynamic when we work together. When we work together, the dynamic has to be healthy and good and she has to feel good about it. If she doesn’t feel good, then how can I make her feel good about it? If she feels good, I feel good!” DeVon may be juggling a lot with his professional career, his personal development and marriage, but he certainly gives off the impression that he is succeeding at them all.
DeVon has several projects that he is currently working on, including another book with his wife, Meagan, entitled, The Wait, set to release in February of 2016, Miracles From Heaven will release on March 18, 2016 and an animated film entitled, The Lamb, which will be released in December of 2017. DeVon is so open to different and varying types of projects because it allows him to discover himself as we discover him with the idea that it will resonate with someone to help them along the way in their life’s journey. “We fight in life for an opportunity for others to see us the way we see ourselves,” he said. “So, if there is one other thing, like being in Woodlawn, that would present an opportunity for others to see me the way that I see myself (limitless) then I’m all for it!”