Had an eventful day today. We launched/premiered the film online today…so “3 Blind Boys On The Block” is officially LIVE. Having said that, I’d love love looooveee it if y’all would take a minute (*well 20 minutes, to be exact) to check it out and share it with whomever you know.
Here’s the link : “3 Blind Boys On The Block” – A Short Film.
I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. And that’s not the bias talking because of my involvement with the film or me trying to whore-it out either. I really do mean it. It’s a great film that has such an incredible message to share about racism and identity and what it means to be an African-American man or woman in American society today. It’s so great that it just won the coveted Best of Fest award at our Chicago premiere a couple of weeks ago, in fact. It’s raw and it’s powerful and it gives a new voice to the #BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatterMovement ‘s that are so actively prevalent in today’s world, particularly with all the violence and brutality and racial tension that’s made the air so thick you could almost cut through it with a knife.
Personally, I don’t see why we have to disassociate ourselves in the first place. I mean, why do we have to separate ourselves by the color of our skin? It’s JUST skin. Does it really matter what color it is? I mean, inside we’re all the same. We all bleed the same RED blood…so why does it matter? It doesn’t. It shouldn’t. And yes, it does. Even now, after all these years…after we fought so hard for our civil liberties and equal rights…and we still have those people being mistreated and brutalized and killed because of the amount of pigment they have or do not have in their skin. And it’s fucking ridiculous–pardon my language. And it’s not just white people against the blacks either. There are plenty of black people that are just as bigoted and mean-spirited and racist as your average Klan member. Prejudice is everywhere. And it’s not something that’s inherited. It’s taught. It’s learned. It’s that little white boy at the park who just wants to play in the sandbox with the other little boy but his Mommy tells him he can’t because that little boy is black–which essentially translates to: “that boy’s “Teen Mom” is probably a high-school dropout living on welfare to support the two of them because the boy’s father is likely either locked up, dead, or just your typical dead-beat that chose not to be in the picture. When you’ve had those kind of stereotypes drilled into you for so long–and especially starting at such a young, impressionable age–it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a creed of your own and a belief that you share as well. Even though it’s hateful. Even though it’s wrong. It’s what you’ve been told. It’s all you know.
That has to change. Parents need to start teaching their children to love and accept and treat one another the same–regardless of their differences–and teach them to look beneath the surface and further in to see what’s really there–and what truly matters…to recognize that we’re all human and that we’re capable of being so much better than we are. Of being so much more.
I can’t express how truly grateful and proud I am to have been given this opportunity and to have worked alongside such an incredible group of people on such a beautiful, inspiring, thought-provoking project. I’m so proud of my friend Alan and I’m literally just in awe of his talent. He’s destined for greatness and I have the honor of calling him a friend and experiencing this all with him. It’s exciting and amazing and overwhelming…but in a good way.
Speaking of good things…we also got green-lit for our feature film version of this film that we just finished…which is pretty flippin’ awesome!! Pre-production has already begun and we should begin production early Spring 2016. I can’t wait! It’s going to be a crazy, busy time. Alan’s going to be heading off to San Francisco for a film program in February, so it looks like it’ll be Matt–the other producer–and I running things with the Production company from headquarters in Nashville in Alan’s stead. Did I say it was going to CRAZY!?
And to think…I was only supposed to take some background pictures of the auditions. Now, here I am talking production lingo and business-y like things and making conference calls and evaluating interns and building websites…the list goes on and on… it’s absolutely CRAZY.
But I love it.