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Local Author to Have Book Produced into Movie

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield author and college professor will soon have one of his books made into a movie.

Keshawn Dodds announced today that his book, “Whose on My Side” will go into production as a feature film to be shot in Springfield.

A bit of movie magic is on its way to Springfield and it all started with author and American International College lecturer Keshawn Dodds.

Dodds recently signed a deal to turn his book, “Whose on My Side” into a feature film.

“I ended up meeting a great man named Steven Stix Josey of MSJ Film and Music and we talked awhile and I also got a chance to see his movie that he created called ‘Angels Around Me,’ an award winning film in a Pennsylvania film festival and we talked about doing great things in Springfield,” syas Dodds.

“Whose on My Side” is a story about an 18-year-old boy dealing with a life of mental and physical abuse by his father.

Steven Stix Josey, who has won rave reviews for his film ‘Angels Around Me’ heard about Dodds’ story and he knew it had to brought to the big screen

“Seeing Keshawn grow up himself…Keshawn has been through a lot of different things and just seeing what he did and go through high school, being a superstar, to coming to a college and doing great things, but his story that he had with his friend…I’m compelled,” says Josey

“I have never had doors closed in my face or dreams and I never thought the opportunity would come to film my movie nevertheless in Springfield where I was born and raised.”

The film will be shot in various locations throughout Springfield with actors with ties to western Massachusetts.

“This is a beautiful town. You know a lot of people talk about Hollywood and Atlanta but what Steven is doing here is bringing Hollywood to Springfield,” says actor Gerald Kelly.

And Keshawn Dodds says he will keep the film true to its roots – hiring cast,crew and extras from his hometown.

The film is now in pre-production and is expected to begin shooting next spring.

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