In an effort to ensure that we are covering black cinema (black filmmakers, black performers, etc) as broadly as we can, about 2 weeks ago, I made several requests on the S&A Twitter and Facebook pages, asking our fans and followers to contact me directly if they are filmmakers with projects in the works, regardless of what stage.
It took a few notices, but eventually, the replies started trickling in, and actually still are. And I'm only now just going through all the emails I received, replying to everyone who responded, encouraging them to keep us informed of their progress, so that we can cover them on the site. If you haven't received an email reply from me yet, it's either in your junk mail folder, or I haven't sent you one, but will soon.
So, from here on, I'll start featuring those who do have projects to feature, so that the rest of you can get to know these folks who we've never written about before, check out samples of their work, and maybe you will, or you won't care for what you see. Either way, I'm just glad that some folks actually were courageous enough to reply to my initial query, especially given the perceived reputation our beloved site (and its readers) has :)
Without further ado, here's what I hope will be the first of many... in no particular order:
The film is called Scorn, a feature project written and directed by Nick Dalmacy. It premiered on at the 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival, in January, where it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Drama.
Its short synopsis reads: “Scorn takes a look into the trials and tribulations of a group of young people dealing with love, pain and friendship told through the eyes of an 8 year old."
The long synopsis, which gives a lot more info, but which I won't post here, can be found on the film's website.
Scorn is Dalmacy's feature directorial debut, which the press release says took him 10 years to make. Nick tells me that he's planning on self distributing the film via a grass roots effort.
He's currently working on the script for his second feature film.
Watch the trailer for Scorn below: