Director David Talbert exposes ‘baggage’

Numerous Florida A&M students were in attendance to meet and greet the director and writer for the new movie “Baggage Claim” on Monday.

David Talbert, a playwright, novelist and filmmaker, is known for movies such as, “First Sunday” and his 40-city record-breaking tour of his 13th stage production, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know”.

Talbert was on hand to discuss his new film at FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication’s Lecture Hall and pass out free tickets for his screening that night.

Talbert’s new film, “Baggage Claim,” features well-known Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Jill Scott and many more.

During the meet and greet, students asked Talbert many questions about the film industry and how students could get their feet in the door. Instead of using the front door, Talbert suggested students find a cracked window, a back door or attic. He explained that there are multiple ways to enter into the house of the film industry.

“Once you get in it, leave a crack for someone else to get in,” Talbert said.

During his discussion, Talbert chose a handful of students to showcase their talents on the spot.
Briauna Rogers, a senior theater performing arts student from Rochester, N.Y., was chosen to perform a monologue in front of the audience. After her performance, Rogers confessed how she almost missed out on this opportunity.

“I actually wasn’t even going to come because I had class, but someone told me to stop in and ask a question,” Rogers said, “and I’m glad that I did.”

Notably, Florida comedian Ishmael “Doctor Foolish” Nelson traveled for a second time seven hours from Belle Glade, Fla., after the first event was cancelled. Nelson was spotted with his elaborate purple outfit that he was wearing and called down to the front to perform.

“I felt like for once in my life that everybody appreciated me and what I did to be here,” Nelson said.
Talbert said that talent is important and believes that the drive to succeed is what gets people to the top.

“Baggage Claim” will debut in theaters on Friday.