If I Had Known I Was a Genius

If I Had Known I Was a Genius is a film directed by Dominique Wirtschafter and written by Markus Redmond (who also stars in the film). The film premiered January 23, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.[1]

If I Had Known I Was a Genius
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Directed byDominique Wirtschafter
Written byMarkus Redmond
Produced byMike Crawford
Al Hayes
Daniel Sadek
Elie Samaha
Andrea Sperling
Dominique Wirtschafter
StarringMarkus Redmond
Whoopi Goldberg
Keith David
Debra Wilson
Sharon Stone
Tara Reid
Della Reese
CinematographyScott Kevan
Edited byJeff Canavan
Music byJohn Coda
Release date
  • January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States


Michael (Markus Redmond) is an African-American boy with a genius I.Q. His family refuses to encourage him and tries to bring him down, and his mother (Whoopi Goldberg) nicknames him "Ugly". Michael enrolls in a high school drama class and finds encouragement from an eccentric teacher.[1]



  1. ^ a b Frilot, Shari (2013). "If I Had Known I Was a Genius". Sundance.org. Sundance Institute. Retrieved 8 November 2013.

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