On Sunday, March 12th, Jocko Sims makes his directorial debut with his short film Grown at SXSW.

If his name sounds familiar, it should. Jocko has been a consistent force on both the small and big screen. His credits includes films like Jarhead, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Dreamgirls.

On the small screen, Jocko recently wrapped an incredible five season run as Dr. Floy Reynolds on the NBC series New Amsterdam. He’s also appeared in series such as The Last Ship, Crash, Castle, MacGyver and Masters of Sex to name a few. It was just announced that he landed his latest role in the new Hulu comedy How to Die Alone.

His short film Grown, which is based on true events, follows Rogelio as he deals with the passing of his father, his perception of who his father was and what does it mean to be “grown.” The film stars Josiah Gabriel, Tristan-Lee Edwards, Giovanni Cristoff and Angela Mejia-Loggia.

We had the chance to sit down with writer, director and producer Jocko Sims to talk about the film’s inspiration, how important is it for artists to create their own projects and what message, if any, he would like viewers to take away from Grown.

You can watch the video interview below:

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