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Meet Lakisha R. Lemons - Black Female Director Of Upcoming Horror/Thriller "Border Break"

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 14, 2011 3:29 AM
11 Comments
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Lakisha R. Lemons is her name, and I'm only just now learning about her - a director who, as you can clearly see, happens to be young, black and female, and, by the way, has 3 features on her resume; none of which I've heard of, and thus, not seen. But maybe some of you have. If so, feel free to chime in with your thoughts on her work.

The 27-year-old Ms Lemons is the sole founder of LL Productions, LLC, a Texas based film/TV production company.

After a 2005 short film, she's since directed 3 feature films - Rent a Car (2010), Be My Teacher (2011 - both released on DVD via Maverick Entertainment), and her most recent effort, a horror/thriller titled Border Break, which is currently in post-production.

The synopsis for Border Break reads:

In 2010, Janet Taylor went to Cancun, Mexico with her friends for Spring Break. She’s been missing ever since... Susan Taylor hires a film crew to find answers regarding the disappearance of her daughter Janet. Documenting all the evidence and testimonies from key people in the case, the film crew develops a re-enactment of Janet’s departure to Mexico and the events that occurred shortly afterwards.

The trailer for Border Break follows below. And while I can't say that I'm immediately taken with the few clips I've seen of Ms Lemons' work thus far, I can't help but pay attention to her hustle, with 3 features already done; the first 2 released; the 3rd in post. And she's still under 30 years old. Also, in a time when financiers are a little tighter with their spending, the budgets for Lakisha's film have increased with each outing, from $45,000 for the first one, to $100,000 for the 3rd. So, she must be doing something right!

But we'll reach out to her so that we can learn more (here's the Border Break trailer):

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11 Comments

  • monkeysuit | December 29, 2012 10:29 AMReply

    And what is with this patronizing tone? "Good for her! She's a woman! She's black! And she made a movie!" We're supposed to blindly support her for those reasons alone? Bump that she ain't a child. I don't care who you are. If it's problematic, it's problematic. And as a black woman myself, I hope people treat me the same.

  • Monkeysuit | December 29, 2012 10:24 AMReply

    Nah buddy. I'm with Darkan on this one. I don't want to see no evil-black-man-terrorizing-the poor-blonde-girl-Birth-of-a-Nation ish. And the audio is terrible. Her being black doesn't give her a pass.

  • A | September 15, 2011 12:17 PMReply

    Not my type of film at all so I will be skipping it; but she is out there hustling instead of just talking and complaining, so I can't hate on her. The movie doesn't look bad for that genre.

    @Darkan

    Come on now - relax and support this woman. Not everything has to be 'racial incident' and not everything is about black men.

  • Geneva Girl | September 15, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    Good for her! I can't say that I'll see this or her other films, not my cup of tea, but I will look out for her future work. I love that she has all of that hustle for a young woman. I hope that she gets the notice and money she needs for something bigger and better - and not horror, even thought there's clearly money to be made there.

  • darkan | September 15, 2011 7:48 AMReply

    Candyman had his drawing hand chopped off by white people, was covered in Honey and stung to death by bees for smashing down a white woman in the 1800's, so he had every reason to go off killing people. Besides, if you remember the movie he killed ANYBODY that said his name five times in a mirror. What's the reason for this brother in Border Break to go off and "kill the seeming, out having fun, white people"? It didn't look like they did anything to him or at least the trailer didn't show that. Not the same thing.

  • RayRay | December 29, 2012 10:04 AM

    I "think" that's the point of the trailer bro, it draws you in w/out giving you the ENTIRE story. To me, it looks like the guy is not the serial killer type, it looks like the kids stumbled into a situation that was already going the wrong direction and the domino effect took over. Also it said "inspired by actual events" so maybe the killer was black in real life and she stayed true to that, I'm just glad to see someone black telling a story. Black people don't get a lot of opportunities to do Sci-Fi & Horror, so on that along I would like to see how it turns out. Now if the brother had been the "token black guy friend" of the group on Spring Break with his all white friends, and he was killed first by some psycho killer, you would have been complaining about that. Right? "Man huh, why the black people always have to die first?" Maybe it's not everyone else's cup of tea, but maybe it could open some eyes that black people can make films like this that don't depend on the usual stereotypes. You never know, if he is some kind of killer, maybe he's not your everyday street thug idiot, maybe there's some kind of twisted brilliance to his madness, like Denzel in Safe House. With all that said, I'm Facebook Friends with Lakisha and I know she just moved to L.A. not too long ago after busting her butt in Tx, so keep a look out for her!

  • James Madison | September 15, 2011 3:50 AMReply

    Good to see one of the ladies doing the horror genre.

    I'm not familiar so I'll look for her other work.

  • TedTheodoreLogan | September 15, 2011 3:25 AMReply

    Darkan,

    Were you spouting the same nonsense when Candyman came out? Just wondering.

  • Neziah | September 15, 2011 1:13 AMReply

    Never heard of her, but I will now keep any eye out for her upcoming work.

  • darkan | September 14, 2011 12:42 PMReply

    It looks interesting but what the hell!? Why she got a brother as the antagonist and doing all the terrorizing and killing them white kids? Even if it's a true story or she did it to keep the money rolling, why is she as a black woman promoting that when she could tell any story? I'm lost on that one. Black men can't get a break. We are either weak or stone cold killers. Damn. SMDH.

  • MovieWatcher | September 14, 2011 8:06 AMReply

    Love the trailer! Looks intense! Can't wait to see it, Even tho Rent A Car and Be My Teacher weren't so good, I feel that Border Break will this young filmmakers Big Break! Good Luck with it!

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