Jean Claude LaMarre, known for his cinematic "urban Classics" is considered one of the most prolific independent actor/directors working today. A native NewYorker, who grew up on the Island of Haiti, Jean Claude has carefully guided his career, both in front of and behind the camera, with talent and determination as well as an unwavering commitment to making a difference in the independent film space. Jean Claude began his career as an actor in New York city working with notable filmmakers, and appearing in such acclaimed works as Basquiat, Malcolm X, Dead Presidents and Fresh. After several years in front of the camera as an actor, Jean Claude got the attention of the industry with his genre-breaking and critically received original Screenplay, "Stoop", executive produced by Ice Cube and Cube Vision, which garnered him numerous writing offers. Subsequent writing projects include Columbia Pictures' "Blazin' Four", Fox's "Nora's Hair Salon" and Warner Bros' "Surf's Up". As a Director, Jean Claude has established himself as a "unique voice" in the industry. With a growing list of credits including the religious Biopic "Color of the Cross" for Fox and the revisionist western "Brothers in arms" for Screen Gems, which starred David Carradine in his last film role, the Paramount Pictures film, "Chocolate City" , written and Directed by LaMarre, followed by the highly anticipated sequel, "Chocolate City 2: Vegas". His next project, currently in post-production "KInky" releases in theaters 2017 through AMC. On the Television side, Jean Claude is the creator of Lifetime Network's "Vivica's Black Magic", starring Vivica A. Fox. He is currently in negotiations with Universal on his television spec, "RIU".
Lamarre is also the founder of BlackWomenChannel.tv, an OTT service created in 2010 to provide video streaming content for African American female audience.