Marcus Head, a 49-year-old Florida resident, says his goal in life is to be Homewood’s most famous person. He used his career as a touring comedian to break into the entertainment industry. His first feature film “Can’t Get Rite” is currently in post-production.
Head wrote, directed and produced the comedy film. About 80% of the film’s budget was out of his own pocket, he said. The film’s IMDb page lists Montell Jordan, the author of the hit song “This Is How We Do it”, as another of the producers.
Head said he wanted “Can’t Get Rite” to “entertain, educate and inspire people to think about how they can be better”. The story is “about a young man who just can’t get well”, meaning he’s “a good guy, but he screws everything up”.
“He found a bag of money that belonged to the mafia. But the good thing is that when he got the bag of money, he did some positive things for the community,” Head said. “He didn’t just take it and go buy a fancy car.”
Head said there were no swear words in “Can’t Get Rite”. And he said it’s a film he hopes will be enjoyed by people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
“I wanted something my kids could watch, something my parents could watch,” he said. “You limit yourself when all you have is swear words.”
“I didn’t want to limit my audience. I wanted to be able to say, “Hey, this isn’t a film noir. It’s an entertaining movie for all races and ages. It’s about anyone who goes to a hairdresser and gets a haircut on the weekend. Anyone who goes to church, and you have this sleazy pastor that you know something about that person is not right,” he said.
Head said he is currently in negotiations with Comedy Central, BET and VH1 for the national release of “Can’t Get Rite.”
Head describes himself as having “deep roots” in Homewood. He attended Churchill and James Hart schools. Head describes himself as the “class clown” at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He remembers walking across the stage at the 1990 graduation ceremony, putting on and taking off a pair of sunglasses, and being given a standing ovation.
“It was a time when I wanted to do something,” Head said.
Before Head began his career as a filmmaker, he worked as a general manager at a Steak & Shake restaurant and a manager at a TGI Fridays restaurant – both in Atlanta, Georgia. He said he worked in sterile processing at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest for about five years. He was a stand-up comedian for fifteen years.
“I got into stand-up comedy and I absolutely loved it. I got my big break when I used to go on tour with Ron White,” Head said. boosted my career. And then I started traveling, going to colleges and comedy clubs all over the country.
One of Head’s favorite places to do stand-up was in Amish country, he said.
“I’ve been around all circles and all walks of life,” he said. “One of my best friends is a 73-year-old gay white man – one of my former bosses when I worked in a hospital. He and I talk almost three or four times a week.
Head says he tells people he’s a “happiness magnet” because he likes to make people laugh. He said more than anything he wants to give people love and a sense of trust. Head said he’s a big believer in mental health and always checks people in to make sure they’re okay.
“Can’t Get Rite” is not the first film Head has worked on, but it is the first film produced by his company Mheadfilms. Head said he had written “very important films”, but could not legally name them because he was under NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
Head said Clint Eastwood was an inspiration, but the late John Singleton, writer and director of “Boyz in the Hood” and other films, is probably his biggest cinematic influence.
“I’ve never met the man, but I’ve attended some of his workshops online,” Head said. “One thing I always remembered [Singleton] say is if you’re going to do something, show the beauty of things that aren’t beautiful.
Head is also a family man with three children – a 22-year-old son, a 9-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. In April, he and his wife, Tina, will be married for 10 years. He says Tina is his biggest supporter.