Demetrius Matthews the founder of Legacy Media, LLC. had the vision to create something much bigger than himself. With one goal in mind, he developed Legacy Media, LLC. A platform that would allow him to create his own narrative and leave something behind that would withstand the test of time. Demetrius is a living example of how humble beginnings and rough adolescent years can transform into success and prosperity by being dedicated and working hard. His desire was to leave his mark on the world, and by creating award winning documentaries that touch the minds and hearts of many, he is accomplishing just that.
Legacy Media is more than a company. It is a medium through which he is able to shed a light on the things and people who made him the man he is today. The content produced by Legacy Media, LLC. is raw, authentic, empowering, and thought-provoking. Limits are pushed with the making of each new documentary. Knowledge is uncovered with every interview. Legacy Media, LLC. started off as a Demetrius’s creation, but it bloomed into something much more than that. Every interview, podcast, and documentary created by Legacy Media, LLC. has a higher purpose. It is to connect with the people and to share with them attained knowledge and inspiration.
Directed by Demetrius Antwoin Matthews
Reviewed by Star Dust Films & Screenplays festival
It is said that a great teacher can change the life of a child forever. But some
rare teachers go out of their way to affect and improve several lives at once. The
documentary “Kling” is based on such a teacher whose students are grateful to
have had him as a teacher for 3 years of their lives, 30 years after he taught
them. The film is made by one of these students who is an entrepreneur turned
filmmaker, Demetrius Matthews. As the students come together to pay their
respect and gratitude to their teacher, Thomas Kling in this film, we cannot help
but become emotional along with them.
Thomas Kling came to teach at a Chicago Public School in the West Side of
Chicago during the mid-1980s when racism and the drug and crack epidemic
were rampant in those parts. As a young man laden with the guilt of white
privilege, Kling took it upon himself to truly educate this batch of 35 young
black boys and girls, going far beyond the school curriculum. And for doing that, he
takes all the measures he feels necessary. From buying books for his students
from his pocket to teaching them literary greats and college curriculum at such a
young age, the dedicated teacher did not leave any stone unturned. 30 years
later, as his successful students come together to pay their respects to their
favorite teacher, we see how one person can change the fates of several people
and improve their lives.
Throughout the documentary, we see Demetrius and several of Kling’s other
students mention their career advancements in multiple fields. The interviews of
the director with Mr. Kling elucidate the reasons why all these pupils are
indebted for their success to their Grade School teacher, who did not let them
get lost in the vortex of racism and the drug epidemic. As a result of his long,
hard work of 3 years with these same students, he had helped them become
respected citizens of their country. We see that an intense feeling of anti-racism
pushed him to drive home the significance of real education among his colored
As an aged Thomas Kling talks to a young public educator, Mekita Matthews,
he explains how working conditions of the teachers and the study curriculum
need to change for any improvement to happen in the public education sector.
The dedication and tenacity with which Kling taught his students, and the
respect which he has for his vocation, were evident in this short chat in this
thoughtful and well-made film. This inspiring dedication towards education had
made such a huge impact on his young, black students, who are still indebted to
his teachings, even after decades.
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