Friday, August 28, 2009

The Reality of Tragedy

Sometimes tragedy is tragedy. As humans we constantly find ways to overcome adversity and find the light through the darkness. But also as humans, we can't all do that. We don't all have the strength to lift ourselves out of the well. Sometimes we die in the well. This is an important part of human nature that sometimes goes ignored. It's probably because there's nothing very uplifting or cheerful about it. But isn't it important to acknowledge the suffering and destruction and confinement?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shwag, Shwag, Shwag

We'll be giving out some cool stuff at independent film week to raise awareness of The Tested so be sure to come by and find us to get your hands on the goods.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kanye and 18 Hour Days

Feeling nostalgic, my production manager just informed me that he hadn't worked an 18 hour day in a while. I knew those fond days of which he spoke of were 14 hour days, but when they've reached that number, who's really counting anymore. I am reminded that a year has gone by since we shot the feature and it's been three years since The Tested was originally conceived as a short film. Our lead actor Michael Morris Jr. was 16 when he started this journey and now he's on the verge of being 20. When we met him, he wore t-shirts down to his knees, now he dresses like Kanye. If that's not progress, I don't know what is. And as far as my production manager goes, I'll tell him what people have told me... If you're not working an 18 hour day, you're only working a half day!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Grass Roots Baby

Thanks to Big Eddie and the crew at Fine Tune Music for promoting the film along with their artist Pareece who has a cameo. They are making it happen with their street marketing campaign, and we hear they made a whole event out of it, covering the Boogie Down Bronx on foot. We love that they are getting the kids to help put the word out.

Monday, August 10, 2009

It's here and we'll be there! The Tested will be showing it's trailer as part of rooftop films showcase of emerging narratives on sunday sept. 20th. Come out and support the film!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Out Your Window

The window was yellow from years of dirt, and the crack widened. Darraylynn Warren, transfixed on the sidewalks and the people moving swiftly from place to place, was stuck and desperate and couldn't remember the last time her face reflected any joy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gun Control

Our character Julian Varone is faced with the harsh realities of what it means to be a police officer. You are given a weapon to use when needed. But you are also expected to go through a clear, focused thought process before you use it. How does that happen in a split second? How can any judgment be reached in a pressure situation. Training can pull from past experience and give you a foundation. When you're in it, you're in it and all you got is your training, your emotions, and that weapon. The weapon that sits on your hip and taunts you. It's heavy metal scrapes against you and dares you to use it. Then you do... Then it's over.