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Founders of the enterprise, Talivu Porter, Jabril Murfy & Christina I. Rodriguez are setting the tone for up and coming Black entrepreneurs.
Crenshaw. Whether Boulevard or District, the esteemed title has served as the backdrop and stomping grounds for several music/film artists. This past Thursday, Media Faucet filmed their very first music video, a project of their subdivision Sound Faucet. In the comforts of 'A Moment's Notice' limousine, with flashing lights, cameras and plenty of action, featured artist and kin, "GWEEDOE" flowed to the contagious beat developed in their studio located at 4605 Crenshaw Blvd. However, the talent only starts here and it's all in the family.
In a sit down with President and COO, Christina Rodriguez, it was quite apparent that much of their success so far has been attributed to an alignment of passion. Rodriguez shared that Media Faucet, formerly known as 4705 Media, has been in operations for a little over a year. "We chose the Leimert Park area because it's home for Jabril and has become that for us." Originally from New Jersey, Rodriguez has developed a relationship with the region, embracing the diversity as well as opportunity. Initially, the venture was created and managed by Talivu Porter, CTO and his cousin Jabril Ty Murfy, CEO. "The two grew up knowing that one day they would go into business together."
The duo, with origins in Texas and the very neighborhood in which they are established, started off applying knowledge from their backgrounds which for Talivu was technological and for Jabril was within film, writing and stream media. From computer repair to developing webisodes, it became crystal clear that creating film was a shared passion and on their road to success. Amidst the excitement, Rodriguez became a part of the team some months later; offering a legal background, but surprising the two with knowledge of media. The three put their heads together, began to chase the dream they had in common and haven't looked back since. "We wanted to create a community for the community, where urban youth could develop in filmmaking, etc." With projects such as "Money Has No Friends" and "Lineage", Media Faucet has truly appealed to the reality of surrounding locals.
With state of the art equipment and diverse talent amongst their staff, Media Faucet has made a conscious effort to give back to the Crenshaw Community. "We had the resources to start up anywhere, but we chose Crenshaw for a reason." Employing youth, including content appealing to all ages and genres, Media Faucet became comfortable doing it themselves. "If we can employ us, then that's what we do because there's no reason why we shouldn't have jobs." It's obvious that the goal is to be around for the long haul. Using the word 'special' very often within their space, Rodriguez states that "it's been a ton of blessings along the way, we love what we do and love working together."
In regards to working with family, CTO Porter stated, "There's an outstanding trust factor that has made this a wonderful experience. We think alike, but our differences compliment one another." Cousin, Robert Montgomery was also on the set. With experience in the film industry, he as well contributes to the projects of Media Faucet. "It's been great and we anticipate future success." Media Faucet continues to reach out to members of the community. "Our biggest support is our elders and so we create content that would appeal to anyone from 17 to 70."
Stationed on Crenshaw, it has been made that much easier and more critical that we show our support. Whether through funding, contributions or just stopping by to say hello, Porter, Murfy, Rodriguez and the rest of the Media Faucet family welcome the neighborhood and anticipate making something 'special' together. For more information visit 4705MEDIA.COM, or visit imdb.com and search 'Lineage'.