Life Imitates Art? Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Directed Movie About Church Pastor & Political Corruption

Marlon Bolton. Writer, director, actor?

Is life imitating art in the City of Tamarac? Eleven years ago, Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton (D-Holness) directed a movie about a young church pastor caught up in political corruption. The two-minute YouTube trailer for “Johnny” gives us a brief glimpse of the musical comedy from the mind of Marlon Bolton. The movie features Bolton playing a reporter with an English accent.

In August 2010, Marlon Bolton spoke about “Johnny” with the Jamaicans.com website. According to the article, Bolton went from “high profile model agent to playwright” in the blink of an eye. Originally planned as a stage play, Bolton filmed his opus around Fort Lauderdale. The full title of the movie is “Johnny – Political Corruption and Community Passa Passa.”

The comically self-promoting article claims Marlon Bolton gave up a lavish party lifestyle with “A-listers” to film a movie with unknown actors in Broward County. Bolton said, “I have not exactly made a drastic move; I have simply taken on another task… I will now produce amazing plays, present amazing actors while building the community I have now adopted.”

Are Tamarac residents unwitting actors in Marlon Bolton’s newest production?

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Here’s the full story from Jamaicans.com:

Marlon Bolton has yet again embarked on another mission which already is changing lives – from High profile Model Agent to Playwright. Bolton at age 12 started business in Jamaica and by 19 owned one of the most successful model placement agencies in the Caribbean, Marlon then moved permanently to the United States and took another bold step becoming a Model Agent managing models that has successfully completed assignments for Givenchy, Numero, GQ, Rolex and Dolce and Gabbana.

The flashy lifestyle of partying with models and jet setting to Fashion weeks across the world, sitting front row beside A-listers and doing business with the rich and famous is now traded for a Florida based team of rising Actors and Actresses and a dream to open a community centre and Theatre for the Arts. This drastic move according to Bolton is described by one of his mentors as a “Gemini thing” hinting that Gemini’s have multiple dreams and does a lot at the same time, but Bolton in his own words says “I have not exactly made a drastic move; I have simply taken on another task… I will now produce amazing plays, present amazing actors while building the community I have now adopted”

Marlon wastes no time. His first production that has credited him this new title was recently launched in Fort Lauderdale. The name of the production is “Johnny – Political Corruption and Community Passa Passa”

Johnny is Mildly Musical. A Drama-comedy to be a film adaptation. The play is centered on a young man “Johnny” that grew up poverty stricken, but found success in life. Nigel Stafford who plays Johnny, develops uncontrollable anger management problems during marriage overseas, looses focus on his relationship with Jesus Christ that has been watered down by his new found wealth and Job as a Politian, but a stroke of bad luck reminds him of his past passions, which leads him to return to his old community in Jamaica to run for political office. Bolton’s skillful technique to present different messages and his display of literary work in this one production is genius; the role “Ericka” played by Cellicia Hunt, is breath talking, Ericka is the antagonist of the play – she is constantly seeking attention and or fighting against the better of “Princess” by Anitra Simpson. The craftiness of characterization where Princess is concerned is must see, she displays heroism at all levels in the play. “Nancy” played by Sherron Wedderburn is the comic relief of the entire production, a preppy, sophisticated but hated Politian. “Miss May” played by Eda Rodney is the foil of Johnny and indeed alongside Johnny the Protagonist – both Characters goes through turmoil but gets to realize that life is not all about what one has, they both learn that money cannot buy things of the heart. “Dr. Priest Jean de Baptiste” played by member, reveals Ms. May’s realization buts its Johnny’s life experience that realizes his. James Lyttle “the Pastor” is the parody of Pastors, while “Malvet” and “John” by Gillian Campbell and Kemar Bonnick respectively is the epitome of Caribbean family relationships, their dedication to “Johnny” who in early life is played by Everald McDonald deserves an award.

Realistically though, without characters like “Max” played by Charles Brown and “Stacy” by April Russell who both has a love affair “Miss Carmen” played by Shernett Syankana another comic relief, “Jeniffer” by Kerry McKenzie, “Paulette” played by Sarah Wedderburn and “Chris” by Kareem Memnom, the plot of the play would not be effectively realized.

Though the catastrophic ending is a skillful understatement there is an eminent catharsis.

Johnny – the play, is not by any means your typical “Christian” production, though the undertone, Johnny’s mission is to realize real life issues and promote positive Caribbean life – comically.

According to Bolton, he wrote this play after reading a book by John Maxwell, Maxwell in the book 21 Irrefutable Laws of leadership motives people and build better leaders and helps people to see the bigger picture – “I know the play will be long running and overtime will make enough money to start a community centre and finance my church’s visions… Community Centers changes lives and prevent havocs, and this is the big picture”

As a part of the big Picture “Johnny” will open on August 27th and 28th in Sunrise Florida and continue for the next 3 years across the world.

Bombshell Report: Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Called Opponents “White Jew” & “White Cracker,” Accused Of “Bullying” Numerous City Employees.

A bombshell report commissioned by the City of Tamarac Human Resources Department revealed a pattern of “bullying” of City employees by Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton. The report documents several instances of Bolton attacking political opponents by using their race, ethnicity and religion. City leaders hired noted attorney Levi Williams to investigate six complaints by City employees and 2 complaints by City residents against Marlon Bolton.

The report was released in early 2020. But you likely never heard about its bombshell findings.

In January 2020, The Sun-Sentinel wrote about the report but the Bolton-friendly headline stated he considered the investigation to be a “witch hunt.” Reporter Lisa Huriash wrote:

“The accusations against Bolton were substantiated by an investigation commissioned by Tamarac, which says it won’t tolerate a hostile work environment. “Each of the complaints filed by the city complainants are found to have merit and support Commissioner Bolton’s violation of city codes,” attorney and investigator Levi Williams wrote in his 99-page report. “Although Commissioner Bolton proffered explanations for the allegations levied against him, this investigator found them to be wanting and self-serving and without merit.

Yet the story provided few details about the accusations and the report. Instead, it gave coverage of the seemingly coordinated attacks against the accusers and the investigation.

During a public meeting, Bolton lashed out at his perceived enemies. He called Williams’ investigation a “witch hunt.” Bolton claimed the City Manager did not hire enough black employees.

Bolton said, “it was ‘patent public corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds for Mayor [Michelle] Gomez to have instigated this bogus investigation for the sole purpose of advancing her own political agenda.'”

Gomez and City officials said the seriousness of the allegations by numerous employees forced the HR department to call for an outside investigation.

SHE IS A WHITE JEW

Testimony from two longtime city firefighters described Marlon Bolton’s behavior while campaigning for Elvin Villalobos in 2018. As REDBROWARD revealed last week, Marlon Bolton served as Villalobos’ campaign treasurer. Also, Bolton personally collected nearly $5,000 in campaign contributions for Villalobos’ bid for Mayor. Villalobos ran against Michelle Gomez.

Captain William Duesler told investigators about Bolton’s behavior during early voting at the Tamarac library. Duesler said Bolton told a voter Gomez was a “White Jew–Don’t vote for her.” Another complaint heard Marlon Bolton tell a voter, “Gomez can’t even speak Spanish…and that she is a White Jew.”

In her interview for the investigation, Mayor Michelle Gomez described her encounter with Marlon Bolton at early voting. Gomez heard Bolton tell voters, “You can’t vote for her; She is a Jewish White woman who can’t speak a lick of Spanish.” Gomez told Bolton, “Yes I am Jewish.”

Marlon Bolton told investigators he was simply trying to provide information to voters.

“[Bolton] advised resident “our beloved Mayor is a White Jewish individual and only claims to be Hispanic because she spent two years in a Hispanic household,” the report states.

Bolton told investigators he “viewed his actions as a mediator versus an agitator insisting that Ms. Gomez tell people that she is a White Jewish female.”

Bolton said he “allowed” Elvin Villalobos to use his Hispanic heritage as means to get Gomez to tell the truth about her ethnicity. Bolton stated Gomez was not Hispanic simply because “she was adopted for a couple years by an adoptive father who was from Spain.”

WHITE CRACKER

Larry Goehrig ran against Marlon Bolton in 2016. He heard Bolton tell voters not vote for Goehrig because “we don’t need another white cracker on the board.” Goehrig complained that Bolton passed out an illegal palm card produced by individuals close to Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. After REDBROWARD revealed the origin of the phony card, a Broward Judge prohibited its dissemination at polling places.

Bolton told investigators he was unaware of the Judge’s order. Bolton said he did not want to discuss Goehrig out of fear of being sued by him.

BULLYING” “LOUD SHOUTING

The complaints by City employees against Marlon Bolton show a disturbing pattern of threatening behavior.

In July 2017, administrative assistant Millie Velasquez worked on finalizing a travel budget report. She was being trained by her supervisor Robyn Thalenfeld. Velasquez told investigators an angry Marlon Bolton confronted her on July 10, 2017. She said Bolton was upset because he had the highest travel budget request. Velasquez felt Bolton was angry because Sun-Sentinel reporter Lisa Huriash was asking questions about the travel budget.

Bolton asked Velasquez to change the numbers in his report. Velasquez refused his “inappropriate” request.

Velasquez said Bolton became “threatening and loud.” In the presence of other employees, Velasquez stated Bolton yelled “you work for the Commissioners…I need you to do it right away!”

As Velasquez left to discuss the situation with Thalenfeld. She stated Bolton “followed her upstairs screaming… menacing, he made her feel uncomfortable and she was about to cry.”

Velasquez felt Bolton “was going to cause her physical harm.”

Velasquez lodged a formal complaint against Marlon Bolton within 24 hours.

Robyn Thalenfeld confirmed Velasquez’ story. She said Bolton “screamed” as he followed Velasquez upstairs. Thalenfeld said Bolton was “loud and demanding.” She described his behavior as “bullying.”

City Clerk Pat Teufel told investigators she heard Commissioner Bolton “having a loud conversation with Ms. Velasquez about travel. He had a very angry tone. He was derogatory and nasty.” She said “The City is weary from Commissioner Bolton….”

BOLTON ENRAGED OVER PARKING SPACE

City employee Zach Steiner described his encounter outside Marlon Bolton’s home. Steiner, a public works department employee was turning on water service at a neighbor’s home. “Mr. Steiner said after he had parked Commissioner Bolton came out and asked him to move his vehicle and he did so. After leaving his vehicle to return to the task, Commissioner Bolton again asked him to move his vehicle to a different spot.” Steiner admitted he was argumentative with Commissioner Bolton but “he felt that the Commissioner was messing with him.” Steiner said “Bolton advised him as to who he was and started taking pictures of him doing his job.”

The report shows Bolton told Steiner’s supervisor about the encounter. Bolton said he was upset that Steiner initially blocked his vehicle and then blocked the parking spot he intended to use. Bolton told investigators he though the employee was “on drugs.”

THREATENED EMPLOYEES AND CITY WITH LAWSUIT

In 2018, Tamarac City employees prevented candidates from bringing campaign literature into an event at the City aquatic center. The City prohibited distribution of campaign materials inside City owned facilities. Most candidates had no issue complying with the rules.

Except Elvin Villalobos and Marlon Bolton.

A witness stated he told Elvin Villalobos about the prohibition on campaign material on City property. Villalobos was carrying signs and flyers into the voter registration drive. Villalobos said he spoke to the City Attorney who advised he could “do as he pleased.” Villalobos said he would call the City Attorney.

Fifteen minutes later, Marlon Bolton arrived on the scene. According to the witness statement, Bolton stated the employee “must not have gotten the memo” allowing campaign materials on City property. After employees made several calls to supervisors, City Manager Mike Cernech confirmed the prohibition still stands.

Bolton took out his camera to record the City employees. Bolton asked “are you stating to me that you are refusing to allow us to enter and hand out our materials?” The employee stated she would not answer questions while being recorded and walked away. Bolton followed her.

Later on, that employee said Bolton pulled her aside and stated, “I used to like you but, now I don’t. And you and your employee and the City can expect to be named in a lawsuit on Monday.” The employee stated Bolton was attempting to “bully and threatened me.” As a result she called in sick on Monday.

According to witness statements, Bolton stated he was there to record the event for a local website. However, Bolton acted more like a campaign operative, than a journalist or even a city leader.

Despite this pattern of behavior, none of these allegations were explored in any detail during the 2020 campaign.

Broward Sheriff’s Deputies Responded To Domestic Disturbance Over Surveillance Cameras At Home of Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton in January, records show. BSO deputies arrived at Bolton’s Ann Lee Lane home on January 26, 2021 at 9:30am. Bolton’s wife, Carla Tyson Bolton called BSO regarding a “verbal domestic disturbance.”

Carla Bolton told deputies she “got into a verbal altercation” with Marlon Bolton over surveillance cameras he installed in the hallway of their home. Mrs. Bolton told deputies the cameras violated her privacy. She feared hackers might be able to access the cameras.

Carla Bolton said she points the cameras at the ceiling when she is inside the home.

According to the BSO report, Carla Bolton “stated on the listed date and time, Marlon became upset that she moved the cameras and verbally threatened her that if she touches the cameras again he would kick her out of the residence. She advised nothing physical happened.”

Marlon Bolton refused to speak with deputies. The report states, “Contact was made with Marlon Bolton, who was inside the residence in an upstairs bedroom. He refused to speak with deputies on the incident.”

Deputies eased Mrs. Bolton’s fears of getting kicked out. They told her it was not possible without a court hearing the matter. Carla Bolton told deputies Marlon Bolton had “begun the process for a divorce, and that they both go to mediation in February of 2021.”

No charges were filed. There were no allegations of any physical violence.

Why was Marlon Bolton so upset about surveillance cameras at 9:30AM?

And this was not Marlon Bolton’s first run in with the law. More to come….