Streets to Suites is a film directed by Marquette Jones,
a dear friend of mine. The first thing that I noticed when
watching this short is that I felt that sense of anticipation
that typically occurs when I reading a good short story.
I love that "what is going to happen next" feeling.
She is currently working on her first feature titled,
"Round on Both Sides." I look forward to seeing
it as well (hint, throat scratch, hint.)
Jonzey is big on subtext and it shows.
The film has the feel of a music video, but an eye for the small
details that make up everyday life.
In watching this I am reminded to how little we hear
of Black men, who grind everyday in our communities.
The above video Castaway Voters: Felons in Virgina
is by another friend of mine, Garland McLaurin,
who is a filmmaker as well. He currently produces short news
documentaries for American News Project. I was particularly
moved by this piece because of my interest in voter
disenfranchisement, and the right for felons to vote. I was also
great to hear directly from black men, "I want to be a part of society",
that's real talk.
Here are some more videos from Garland.
On the Road to the Inauguration
Eviction Day: Foreclosure Crisis.
Lincoln and Race
You watch anything good lately?
Any thoughts on the two videos?
What will it take to get a good distribution model
for GOOD BLACK CONTENT?