THE REAL MAN Film
THE REAL MAN Film
Award-Winning Script to Film: A black actor vows he will only play roles that are uplifting. What happens when he breaks his own rules?
Award-Winning Script to Film: A black actor vows he will only play roles that are uplifting. What happens when he breaks his own rules? Read more
THE REAL MAN tells the story of a black actor who vows to only play uplifting roles. After discovering he can't make a living this way, he decides to break his own rules and accept negative stereotypes as well as one-dimensional parts. As he becomes successful with each new dark role, he begins to jeopardize the strong relationship he has with the love of his life, Laura.
"THE REAL MAN is a harsh, yet hilarious slice of reality!" -The 10th Annual Harlem International Film Festival
The script recently won Best Script at Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta as well as Best Short Script at the 10th Annual Harlem International Film Festival.
The seeds for this story were planted years ago when I watched Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle" for the first time. As a Hollywood casting director (Frasier, Arrested Development) for 21 years, I've been on the front lines of stereotyping and media images and frankly has been disturbed for some time now. Not much has fundamentally changed since Townsend's film, which is depressing enough as it is. What Darryl and I find alarming, however, is that the issues have gotten more urgent, with people's lives at stake.
This film must be made NOW. Please join us in our journey to make this film and share it with the world, as it tells the story of everyone, not just a black man in Hollywood. ALL FUNDS WILL GO TOWARD THE MAKING OF THIS FILM, which includes pre-production, production, post, and film festival submissions.
In other words, all of us (not just cops) have knee-jerk reactions to the other based on stereotypes as depicted in the media. And there is a constant bombardment of these images. Yes, you could say it’s a brain washing, and it starts within each of us as soon as we can view images, which is damn early in life. Implicit racial biases have been found in kids as young as six.
The Real Man is a powerful, essential story that instigates a discussion about implicit bias that plagues us in our media saturated world, and does so in a way that is dramatic, believable, and entertaining.
Risks and challenges
Darryl and I have a long history of seeing our projects to full completion. My previous two successful Kickstarter campaigns - The British Invasion Webisodes and Heart Broken Heart Found, the multi-media ebook looking at the Holocaust from the 2nd generation's perspective - are available to watch and read online currently.
We are passionate about this project and have no doubt that when we raise all the funds we are asking for, this film will be fully produced and available to be viewed and shared. It's message is of utmost importance in today's world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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