Antwone Fisher is an American screenwriter, poet, lecturer, and best-selling author. Antwone is the writer, co-producer and subject of the Fox Searchlight Pictures classic film, ANTWONE FISHER. His autobiographical book Finding Fish: A memoir is a New York Times and national bestseller.
Antwone Fisher is an award-winning film and literary writer. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but was subsequently moved and suffered twelve years of abuse at the hands of his new foster family.
Unable to locate a new placement for him, at age 14, Antwone was sent to a reform school in western Pennsylvania were he remained until he graduated high school at 17. Emancipated from foster care, he found himself in the world alone and homeless, living on the streets of Cleveland.
Antwone set on a course of healing when he joined the United States Navy where he served his country for eleven years.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Antwone Fisher was appointed to the honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, on October 5, 2009. This is an honor that Antwone holds with great pride. Antwone was awarded or earned the following ribbons and metals while serving on active duty: Navy E Ribbon, Two (2) Navy Good Conduct medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. military at the rank of E-5 (SH2), Antwone became a Federal Correctional Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and after three years of service, he took a job at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a Security Officer. It was at Sony that Antwone was referred to a free screenwriting course.
Antwone has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years as a screenwriter and producer, with an impressive fourteen writing projects or assignments with the major studios. Among those projects is the feature classic, ANTWONE FISHER, directed by and staring Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, written by Antwone based on his own life. The film garnered numerous nominations and awards. Antwone received the renowned Humanitas Prize, The Screenwriter of
the year award from the National Association Of Theater Owners, and was listed in Variety’s “Fifty People to Watch. ”Antwone was also listed among Fade In Magazine’s “100 People in Hollywood you need to know” in 2005. On May 10 2003, Antwone received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cleveland State University. On April 23, 2013. Antwone testified before the Senate Finance Committee. The hearing titled: The Antwone Fisher Story as a Case Study for Child Welfare.
Antwone’s first book, Finding Fish: a memoir, about his inspiring story became a New York Times and National Bestseller. His collection of poetry, Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? a national best seller creatively disclosed the road from his tumultuous childhood to the man he is today.
Antwone continues as a prolific writer with his stage project, ANTWONE FISHER: A PLAY; Antwone and 20th Century Fox are in partnership with this play. Antwone’s present screenwriting project is, "The Tortoise and The Hare,” with Anonymous Content and Bona Fide Productions producing. Antwone made his film directing debut with the award-winning short film, “My Summer Friend.” He produced wrote and directed the 2013 documentary, This Life of Mine. Antwone is represented by, Anonymous Content.
About how far he has come, Antwone states, “I think back on a childhood of longing for belonging, and see my life now as what I’ve created out of my dreams. An image comes to mind of Mr. Brown at the orphanage in Cleveland, me sitting at her side telling her, ‘You’ll read about me someday.’ I was definitely dreaming then. With no evidence of that ever being possible, I clung to that preposterous vision and with the force of the those dreams willed it and made it happen. Not because I needed to be famous, but because I needed a world that made me feel uninvited to be wrong. So I imagined myself free, I imagined myself loved, I imagined myself… as somebody.”
Antwone Fisher is very familiar with the challenges of life in the foster care, and the aftermath of teenage homelessness. Antwone addresses these issues with sensitivity, honesty and inspiration.
The world first heard of Antwone Fisher’s Story of perseverance, determination, and courage in the film Antwone Fisher, and the publication of Finding Fish, his memoir of a childhood spent in foster care.
Antwone has used the arts as a form of self expression to get him through his toughest times, and he talks about how all forms of art are so vital to the growth of human character indwell being.
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In Antwone’s moving, yet humorous keynote addresses, he shares his conviction of the importance of facing challenges of life head on and how to overcome or accept those challenges that you can not change. He explains the significance of self reliance, literacy, and building a life of consequence that improves oneself, the community and the society at large.
He tells of the necessity, no matter what the age, of making good personal choices, no matter how inconvenient the choice may be, and of the importance of reinventing oneself and preparing for every chapter of life. He also expounds on why it is essential to do these things in order to attain a successful and happy life.
Antwone details the philosophy he developed over his lifetime and explains how that philosophy brought him to the extraordinary success he enjoys today. It is the consummate, illuminating event.
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Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single teenage mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse.
In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he crated for himself.
Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born-first as a child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters.
A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher’s gritty yet melodic literary voice, Finding Fish is an unforgettable reading experience.
“Halfway home, the sky goes from dark gray to almost black and a loud thunder snap accompanies the first few raindrops that fall. Heavy, warm, big drops, they drench me in seconds, like an overturned bucket from the sky dumping just on my head. I reach my hands up and out, as if that can stop my getting wetter, and open my mouth, trying to swallow the downpour, till it finally hits me how funny it is, my trying to stop the rain.
This is so funny to me, I laugh and laugh, as loud and free as I want. Instead of hurrying to higher ground, I jump lower, down off the curb, splashing through the puddles, playing and laughing all the way home. In all my life till now, rain has meant staying inside and not being able to go out to play. But now for the first time I realize that rain doesn't have to be bad. And what's more, I understand, sadness doesn't have to be bad, either. Come to think of it, I figure you need sadness, just as you need the rain.
Thoughts and ideas pour through my awareness. It feels to me that happiness is almost scary, like how I imagine being drunk might feel - real silly and not caring what anybody else says. Plus, that happy feeling always leaves so fast, and you know it's going to go before it even does. Sadness lasts longer, making it more familiar, and more comfortable. But maybe, I wonder, there's a way to find some happiness in the sadness. After all, it's like the rain, something you can't avoid. And so, it seems to me, if you're caught in it, you might as well try to make the best of it.
Getting caught in the warm, wet deluge that particular day in that terrible summer full of wars and fires that made no sense was a wonderful thing to have happen. It taught me to understand rain, not to dread it. There were going to be days, I knew, when it would pour without warning, days when I'd find myself without an umbrella. But my understanding would act as my all-purpose slicker and rubber boots. It was preparing me for stormy weather, arming me with the knowledge that no matter how hard it seemed, it couldn't rain forever. At some point, I knew, it would come to an end.” ― Antwone Quenton Fisher, Finding Fish: A Memoir
Did Antwone marry the woman, Cheryl, depicted in the film Antwone Fisher?
Antwone did not marry Cheryl. They both were stationed at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, and became close confidants. Antwone explains this relationship and others related to his emotional growth in his memoir, Finding Fish: a memoir, beautifully.
Did Antwone ever develop a relationship with his birth mother after meeting her?
Antwone and his birth mother did not develop a meaningful relationship after their meeting. They did communicate on occasion, but theirs was never a mother and son interaction. Antwone’s birth mother died in her sleep in June of 2010.
Did Antwone continue his relationship with the Navy Commander who served as his therapist during the period depicted in the film?
Antwone and LT. Commander Williams did not continue a relationship beyond what was shown in the film and was written of in his memoir, Finding Fish: a memoir.
The U.S. Navy Commander was a Commissioned Officer, and Antwone was a Petty Officer, (an enlisted man). The two military rank structures are forbidden to fraternize.
Is there any information about the foster mother that Antwone lived with during the time depicted in the film and memoir.
When Antwone was removed from her home at age 14, he was never returned to her. But he did learn some years ago, that she lived until the age of 96, and passed away in the deep south where she had originated.
A am proud to have Fox Searchlight films release our film Antwone Fisher during the holiday season because I believe in the triumphant message of Antwone’s story. I know that this young man’s spirit is what moved me to choose this film as my first directing experience.
Wishing your families a season of Peace and Joy.
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After watching Denzel Washington’s film, “Antwone Fisher,” and hearing Who ‘Will Cry For the Little Boy’ on the movie, I was deeply movie; I was deeply moved by this poem that I started looking on the internet for Antwone’s published work (if there was any at that time).
Surprisingly there was and this was one of the books that I picked up.The book cover a wide range of poetic works that anyone can defiantly relate to. I have to admit, Antwone is one of the most talented writers that I’ve ever read in my time. I look forward to more of his thoughts, feeling and poems if he divides to continue writing.
Antwon Fish has never hesitated from sharing the valuable lessons he’s learned in life, and his latest book presents a collection of great advice that all young men can benefit. In A Boy Should Know How To Tie A Tie, Fisher examines self worth and identity and explores what it means to live as a man of grace and purpose.
He illustrates while self image and personality are created on the inside, a man’s character is reflected by the way he presents himself on the outside. This is a important bit of truth, and I urge young men everywhere to read Fisher’s compelling guide manhood.