Alumni Work Together to Produce Independent Short Film

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Friendship and Brainstorming Meetings Inspire Northwood Graduates to Launch a Film Production Company.

April 19, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Author Alfred Montapert once said, “All lasting business is built on friendship.” This was certainly the case for four Northwood Texas alumni, who combined the friendships they developed and business knowledge they learned at Northwood University to build a business.

In an effort to keep their minds sharp, Reginald Titus, Jr., Casey G. Smith, James Lawrence Jeffires, and Adrien D. Johnson remained in touch after graduation and last summer began meeting on a weekly basis to brainstorm and discuss future business ideas. These conversations eventually inspired Grind Over Matter Films, an independent film company that specializes in a variety of short and feature films. Grind Over Matter Films is a division of Grind Over Matter Productions, founded and owned by Reginald Titus, Jr.

“It's been great working together with friends from college, “shared Adrien Johnson.  “When we started meeting last summer, we were all pretty busy with our own projects and businesses. Reggie already had his business going with Grind Over Matter Productions, a videography company that specializes in commercials and corporate, non-profit, weddings, and music videos, etc.  Casey was focusing on the voice over and acting industry; James was pursuing a career in comedy and acting; and I started a musician website,, which focuses on showing musicians how to have a career in music and finds them performing and composing opportunities.  Based on all of our different skill sets, we determined that we wanted to start making films and decided on Grind Over Matter Films, a branch of Reggie's production company.”

Grind Over Matter Films manages all stages of the film making process, such as screenwriting, production, and distribution. In addition, the company seeks to provide opportunities for individuals in the community who are looking to gain more exposure for their craft by working with local actors/actresses, directors, audio and lighting professionals, and other artists. The company has already produced or is currently working on various commercial projects for Farmers Insurance, Doritos, 7upTen, 5-hour Energy, and Pizza Hut, to name a few.

In less than a year, Grind Over Matter Films is releasing its first feature film to the Dallas area. On Tuesday, April 23, the independent short film “It’s Complicated” will premiere at the Angelika Theater in Dallas at 7:20pm and 8:40pm. In a world where social media is part of our everyday lives, the film focuses on a young couple struggling with the issues of trust and communication, and the implications that this online exposure has on modern relationships.

“The relationships built and developed throughout college are so valuable, both personally and professionally. It is encouraging to see such positive results from both a friendship and business standpoint,” shared Natasha Elder, Director of Alumni Relations.

To learn more and purchase tickets for the premier of “It’s Complicated,” please visit  Donations toward this project are welcomed at

 Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Angelika Film Center – Dallas

5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

  • 1st show time – 7:20 pm
  • 2nd show time – 8:40 pm


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