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'Sable Fable' Explores Love, Sex & Ethnicity - First Trailer

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 5, 2013 10:47 AM
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DVD/VOD Review - Stephen Lloyd Jackson's Psychodrama 'David is Dying'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • July 26, 2013 12:38 PM
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When I think of a character being diagnosed with a terminal illness in a movie, especially HIV/AIDS, I think of sorrow. I expect to see the illness take center stage, to spend the rest of the film rooting for the victim to overcome whatever physical and personal obstacles lie ahead, and to weep when he or she finally passes (think Philadelphia, And the Band Played On, Rent, even Precious). Maybe it’s because HIV/AIDS has become such an epidemic within the black community, or because of the way it’s typically portrayed on film. But when I recently screened David is Dying, the second feature film by UK director Stephen Lloyd Jackson, it quickly became clear that this wasn’t going to be a typical HIV-themed film, and that David was definitely not a typical patient.

"David is Dying" Director Says He Like's To Go In And Out, Up And Down, Take your Emotions Everywhere!

  • By Monique
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  • February 14, 2012 4:02 PM
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It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to continue the love fest than to talk about a recent film that depicts the sometimes ugly side to romance? SAR Productions, the company that produced last year’s indie film, David is Dying, announced that David…will be released on DVD later this year. David is Dying, a multi-layered psychological study of a man and his tumultuous relationship with his fiancé, has sparked interesting debate from those who’ve seen it. Audiences are either intrigued by the film’s aesthetics and depth (mainly accentuated by the impressive performance of Lonyo Engele  as David) or they find it confusing and weighed down with too many abstract layers. I was granted the opportunity to chat with the film’s director, Stephen Lloyd Jackson, during the Chicago Int’l Film Festival and again late last month.  Here’s a bit of what we talked about during that in-depth and fascinating discussion: