What many see in Hollywood is glitz and glamour, the quest for fame and the struggle to remain in public view and relevant too. However, there is an underground struggle in the Hollywood community to stand for something and be known by it, mission statement, aims, the personality of those involved, which sometimes can be conflicting. For ArieCan Productions, the goal is not to be different but to bring something different to tv, tell compelling stories and revolutionize the cinematic experience.
Founded in 2017 filmmakers Larry Harris and Leonard Martin, both of whom are people of color, they felt that the best way to create quality content that spoke directly to their audience was to take charge. According to them, “it was high time viewers and the general public put their trust in individuals who are committed to entertainment through quality content.” ArieCan Productions is thus set to work on this mandate and has created Chapter 2, ‘The Web Series, which is available on streaming services. And in February 2022, the Baltimore-based production company would be premiering two groundbreaking shows, Secrets, a dramatic series and Dear Diary, a comedy series.
“The motivation to build ArieCan was that no one wanted us to be in their series, not even as an extra. And that was the best thing they could have done. So, we took those no’s and decided to create our own company. We are a company that hires for talent and nothing more. So many people have been told no based on everything but their talent. But with ArieCan Productions, talent speaks volumes.”
For Larry and Leonard, what stands ArieCan Productions apart is its diversity, not only in its makeup and composition but in the type of content that comes out of the company. “ArieCan is so diverse in its storytelling our target audience is literally everyone. From young to old, our stories are relatable to everyone.” Larry explained. While he admits that ArieCan does not cherry-pick the personnel it works with, “We are focused on creating great and meaningful content that we haven’t had the time to focus on anything else but success.”
As a production company operating in Baltimore, Larry and Leonard are committed to building ArieCan Productions to a point where it is regarded as a premier production powerhouse. In addition, they contribute their expertise and diversity to a rich film, television and entertainment industry like Hollywood. “We also see ourselves having multiple #1 shows and winning awards.”
For Larry Harris and Leonard Martin, even though the world is divided along many lines, creativity remains a unifying factor and as long as ArieCan exists, the greater goal would be giving every creative a chance, no matter where they are from, the ethnicity they represent or their cultural inclination.
Learn more about ArieCan Productions and for details of their television and film content, visit the company’s website.