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Ervin Riggs

AUP Entertainment Group, LLC
304 Woodland Ave. Columbus, OH 43203
In the 1990's Mr. Riggs wrote, directed, and produced a variety of mass media. Some of the music videos include rap artist C-Pain in the song "Sincerely Jazz" of EV Management Productions, "Underground Funk" (Compilation) of Columbus Mob/Ratti Records, and "Brand Nu Groove" featuring R&B artist Rated R of EV Management Productions.

In early 2000, Mr. Riggs shifted gears by accepting a position in the aviation industry. In 2006, Mr. Riggs graduated with a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management and in 2009, an M.S. in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In his first feature, Mr. Riggs served as the writer, director, and co-producer of the film "He Heard My Cry" a Christian friendly film under AUP Entertainment Group, LLC. The movie chronicles the struggles of three professional young men secular and spiritual lives.

I'm very passionate about making positive uplifting African American films, in all genres. We have untapped fiction and non-fiction stories that needs to grace the big screen. If I'm given the "opportunity" my goal is not to follow the status quo, but go where there is no path and blaze a trail.