The witnessing of a potential hate crime by an African American woman writer is the intriguing jump-off point for "Once You Go Black."
The chance witnessing of a potential hate crime by a young African American woman writer is the intriguing jump-off point for "Once You Go Black," a brave and controversial new movie. Currently in development, "Once You Go Black" examines love, hate, sex and race from award-winning screenwriter and the director of the indie hit film, "Sinsitivity," Kim Moir.
"Once You Go Black" is the story of Zoey Brown, a writer for Baltimore Life, a glossy upscale magazine that focuses on the lives of the city's growing population of cash-infused young urban professionals. While at a company meeting in a posh downtown restaurant, Zoey reluctantly intercedes in a fight between two Black women and a White woman -- the reason? The gorgeous Black man escorting the White woman. Zoey is prompted by the magazine's editors, with the promise of a juicy cover story, to explore in more detail the seething attitudes of some Black women regarding interracial relationships between White women and Black men. As she navigates a mine field of swirling emotions and potential violence, Zoey attempts to understand, through her daily interactions with her interview subjects -- three wildly diverse interracial couples -- some untold truths about sexual politics, race and identity.
She learns about the complicated nature of love across economic, cultural and color lines while battling her own personal demons, and struggling to remain faithful to her job. Through it all, she comes to question the meaning of love and loss in her own life. As her world view evolves, will she become a more confidant Black woman, a more connected human being, or will she be left consumed by bitterness, frustration and loneliness?
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Achieving our fundraising goals (including our challenge amount) will allow the project to begin pre-production: hiring department heads and crew, acquiring our camera and post-production package, and casting. Principle photography is set for 30 days in and around the Baltimore metro area.
We were successful with "Sinsitivity" because of tireless dedication to a quality script and hard work. We believe in this film passionately. We, at Broadway Madison Entertainment, are trying to change the game; to create a thought-provoking film with elements of action, romance, and topical drama that's thoroughly entertaining from first frame to end credits. We believe, objectively, that, properly executed, "Once You Go Black" can be one of the most important films of this decade and spur discussion within and across ethnic, racial, generational, gender, and class boundaries. "Love Changes...Everything!"
The idea arose from an actual incident that occurred while I working as a videographer for a local Baltimore TV station. A white female colleague was approached by two African American women in the rest room of a local restaurant during a working lunch. She was questioned about the nature of our relationship, which was exclusively a working one. The incident disturbed us both. I've long known of the potential volatility that exist within our communities surrounding some of the topics the film attempts to deal with. I've nurtured the idea for years with hopes of shooting this movie.
B'MO has several meanings. First of all, it's an abbreviation for my company, Broadway Madison Entertainment. The company is named after the intersection in East Baltimore, Broadway and East Madison Street, where I was born and spent the first 8 years of my life.
Secondly, it's a euphemism for the city of Baltimore or "Bmore," as some have come to call it. In conversation, particularly in the African American vernacular, it's HEARD as "B'MO," no one COOL says "BEE-MORE." It's pronounced "B'MO," so that's how I chose to spell it.
Lastly, it's a slogan for personal empowerment and self-improvement that I believe goes beyond geographical boundaries. Everyone should "be more" of whatever positive attribute they ascribe to.
When We say, "B'MO today than you were yesterday," it's an aspirational goal that we strive to achieve -- daily. A great way to live life, IMHO.
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