The leading role of Prentiss in the short film, And Then I Woke Up, from writer-director Chris Aran, is played by actor Prentiss Thompson as the son in a cinematic exploration of misdirected ambition and a conflicted relationship with his father…
Character Sketch for Prentiss
Prentiss grew up wanting his fathers attention. His father was the breadwinner of the family, and so never spent much time at home.
Prentiss developed a much closer relationship with his mother and decided that when he got older, he wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes his father made. He would use his mind instead of his body to work hard. His intellect would set him up financially so he could then have a family and spend time with them.
This goal consumed his life until the research project that absorbed him got out of his control. He didn’t realize the time slipping by, and he eventually became just like his father in the end. Not a bad man, but a man dedicated more to his work than anything else.
Prentiss Thompson (Son)
Prentiss began acting in 2002 when he was discovered by multiple Academy Award winning producer, John Daly, after earning first place in a national acting competition.
Since then he has starred on stage with the Ujamaa Black Theatre Company under the direction of Titus Walker, and has played in several independent movies including Closure, Tap Dreams, Cash Rules, The Git Em Gyriz, Living with No Regrets, and most recently, And Then I Woke Up.
His work on And Then I Woke Up is the perfect mix of lead and ensemble performance, shinning on his own and amplified by fellow cast member Sean Patrick Hopkins (Ben) who is so intertwined with the Prentiss character as to be its conscience. This is especially evident when Prentiss touchingly confides that he has thrown his life away and looks to Ben, almost as a child, for guidance.
Prentiss is represented by Northern Wolf Productions, and can be followed on his IMDB Internet Movie Database page at: www.imdb.com/name/nm2745927