THE FILM

SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT follows Pras Michel, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group, The Fugees, as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post-earthquake and finds a corrupt government in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras passionately mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky”, Haiti’s most popular and most outlandish pop star.

The idealistic and politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election system to change the course of Haitian history. When Pras’s former bandmate – superstar Wyclef Jean – also enters the presidential race, their chances seem further doomed and the story takes on the wild twists of celebrity drama.

Pras Michel acts as a masterful storyteller in SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT and Director Ben Patterson brilliantly captures an important part of Haiti’s history as a fledgling democracy struggling to produce a government worthy of the world’s first black republic.

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THE TEAM

PRAS MICHEL PRODUCER / STAR
Pras Michel rose to international super-stardom as a member of the multi-platinum Grammy-winning group, The Fugees. As a solo artist, he is most known for writing and producing the Grammy-nominated, worldwide top ten hit "Ghetto Superstar" feat. Ol'Dirty Bastard and Mya. The Fugees stepped onto the music scene with a hip-hop sound mixed with Caribbean beat, a reflection of Pras's identity - a Haitian American, born in Brooklyn, and raised in New Jersey. After his Fugees fame, Pras continued to work not only as a performer and producer in music and film, but also as a successful business man. He is a managing partner of the private equity fund, DuSable Capital Management. Pras is also very active in politics. Partnered with Frank White, Jr., they are the leading fundraisers for President Obama.Pras continues his work in music, and his new band, Get Fr3e, releases their first album in 2015. Their song, "Came to Win", was an original written for Sweet Micky for President.
BEN PATTERSON DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Shortly after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Ben Patterson connected and began collaborating with Pras Michel onSweet Micky for President, Ben's first feature film. What was initially meant to document the post-earthquake recovery, soon became a whirlwind introduction to the world of international politics.Ben has always wanted to make a feature film, and was immediately drawn to the story of an unlikely candidate's run for President of Haiti, how artists can change the world, and what it takes to elect a leader. Ben is excited for this timeless, "lightning in a bottle" story to be in the world. He is the founder of Onslot Creative, a New York City-based production company, where he creates, produces, and directs visual content for many high-profile brands and artists.
KARYN RACHTMAN PRODUCER
Karyn Rachtman is best known as Music Supervisor and/or Producer on the Soundtrack Albums for some of the most critically acclaimed films of our time, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Reality Bites, Boogie NightsClueless, Bulworth, Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and Office Space, to name a few.The films she has served as music supervisor and/or executive soundtrack producer for have collectively sold more than 40 million copies in the United States alone. While working at Interscope as Head of Soundtracks, Karyn had the opportunity to work with Pras Michel on the song "Ghetto Superstar" for the Bulworth soundtrack. She and Pras developed a great working relationship and friendship, which eventually led to her coming on as a producer ofSweet Micky for President. This is the first film Karyn has produced. She executive produced the film Archie's Final Project, which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlinale Film Festival.