Before creating Motivate Pictures, Maurice had a long and entertaining journey in and around the film industry. Right out of the gate, Maurice received a life changing opportunity. As a child actor, his first role was in the Academy Award nominated film “The Color Purple” directed by Steven Spielberg. This fueled his passion at an early age of becoming a producer and filmmaker.
After college, Maurice Co-founded his first production company JEMfire Entertainment, LLC in Austin, TX. JEMfire Entertainment focused on developing young actors and writers, as well as developing high concept short film content. Soon after JEMfire, Maurice lunched REELEYES Productions. REELEYES afforded local artists the structural knowledge and ability to create, develop and produce their own works.
Through REELEYES, Maurice wrote, produced and directed a number of films including the award-winning dramas “In One Lifetime” and “Mind Reader 8.”
Once he made the move to Los Angeles, Maurice founded ANAIK FILMS. Through ANAIK FILMS Maurice produced and directed multiple award winning and critical acclaimed films, including, “Reflections,” (which was the catalyst for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s short lived creation Arnold’s Classic Film Festival), “Collisions,” “Sixufus” (Six of Us), “Break,” “Honeymoon” and “Founding Father,” among many others.
Soon after, Maurice expanded with the development of ANAIK FILMS EUROPE, where he works abroad with filmmaking partners Alex Rios and Frank Rios, producing films internationally.
Maurice is a well-respected and accomplished screenwriter having option and/or sold a number of original works for independent film companies and studios alike, as well the creator of several Reality Shows, and Sit-Coms.
He’s also an accomplished stage/film actor and acting coach. His “Breathe Acting Studio” located in Austin, TX is a training ground for aspiring artist who’s developing their craft and making a profound impact in the industry. Maurice even had a stint on the SAG/AFTRA teaching staff at the American Film Institute, under the supervision of Will Wallace.