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Trailer Watch For “Because I Love You” (And A Disclaimer…)

Trailer Watch For "Because I Love You" (And A Disclaimer...)

So, with S & A being the premier website for all things black cinema, we get contacted all the time by filmmakers who want us to post something about their films on the site. Most of the time we do, though occasionally, something comes along that gives us second thoughts.

All this is a way of saying that, when we were contacted in regards to this new thriller (currently in post-production), titled, Because I Love You, I admit I was rather leery, as you can see below from the description of the film and the trailer.

But then again, I felt that if I didn't post anything, that would in fact be censorship, which I totally abhor; and secondly, since we are the premier website for all things black cinema as I said, its our sworn duty to.

So here's is the trailer for Because I Love You; and whatever comments you have I leave it to you.

As for what the film is about, it tell the story of "Cream, an exotic dancer and devoted mother of a beautiful, little girl named Cookie and who is in the midst of a custody battle with her ex-husband Gregory, who wants her to stop dancing or give up her daughter. On the very night that Cream has decided to quit dancing, the strip club is robbed by a group of wild animals and she is taken captive and moved to an unknown location where she is beaten and raped repeatedly. They plan to use her and then kill her before they move on to the next city and the next job. The only thing keeping her alive is the care of one of the kidnappers who refuses to let her die and forces her to remember thast her daughter needs her."  

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Comments

THE REALEST

I have no doubt that this film will go down as a classic within the spectrum of black cinema. Bravo.

Joseph Elmore

my name is Joseph Elmore, I am the writer/Director/Producer of BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. First of all I want to thank Shadow and Act for giving our small project the opportunity to be seen. I read Shadow and Act every day and watch almost every movie trailer that comes up. I am not angered by the responses, I respect the conversation as well as the criticism and I look forward to the day when people will get to see the actual movie. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU is not a story about a stripper, it is a story about struggle and survival. I think we all go through things in our lives where we are conflicted about who we are and what moves we should make in life,especially at a young age, not completely understanding how those moves will effect our children some times until it is too late. Also we had the chance to shoot an action drama with an African American female as the lead, how cool is that. In the beginning I was told that if I make the lead characters white the movie would do a lot better but I disagree with that theory. People like good stories, no matter what the color and I believe that is all that the people criticizing our trailer are saying. They want to see a good movie and again, I respect that. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU is very risky, we know that, but what movie worth watching isn't. Thanks again for the platform and I am available to debate or have an intelligent conversation about filmmaking and story telling at any time..

CareyCarey

S & A PRESENTS! Everyone Else Wipe Your Feet and Take a Seat! Todays story is about The Little Red Hen. Let's look at her as Shadow and Act.

Once upon a time there was a little red hen. She lived with a pig, a duck and a cat. Lets call those farm animals the visitors of S & A. Well, One day the little red hen was working in the garden when she found a grain of corn.

"Who will plant this grain of corn?" she asked.

"Not I," grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden. But I'll tell you how I would do it. Maybe there should be some special group that these kinds of films can go in like the "I don't know about this, what do you think" group.

"Not I," quacked the duck from her pond. But I'll tell you what you're doing wrong.

CareyCarey

"Not I," purred the cat from his place in the sun. But I'll be sure to come back and join in the fun.

So the little red hen went to look for a nice bit of earth, scratched it with her feet and planted the grain of corn. Huuummmm, this sounds like Tambay and S & A. Anyway, during the summer the grain of corn grew. First it grew into a tall green stalk, then it ripened in the sun until it had turned a lovely golden colour . The little red hen saw that the corn was ready for cutting. IndieWire knocked at the door. However, before she answered the door, the Little Red Hen decided to call The Black Diaspora one more time. "Who will help me cut the corn?" asked the little red hen.

"Not I," grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden. "But please call me when the cornbread is done".

"Not I," quacked the duck from her pond. "But ring the bell when it's eating and cryin' time". I don't know nothing about birthin' babies nor writing nor hard work. But I do know Shadow and act needs a Step your cinema up section.

"Not I," purred the cat from his place in the sun. But do wake me and shake me when you post it. I'd much rather hear more of your opinions and see more critique of the work being developed by filmmakers of color of all levels. If we're to have a strong(er) cinema, simply posting for postings sake is not going to be enough. I don't want to come to S&A just for pass through's and reposts with a light smattering of commentary.

"Excuse me" shouted the little Red Hen, who's now turning black. If you don't want to come to S & A, I don't believe your name is on the door. I have a great staff of diverse contributors who I trust. They are free to post whatever they want. I am not hear to run a Snobby Bobby Think Like Me… dress to impress shop. Besides, I believe I've said many time that if anyone has something they'd like to add to the mix, to please submit your articles and/or ideas to me. But, if what we are doing is so displeasing, there's the door… exit stage left. But I still love ya. So pull up to the table and get your grub on.

CreoleSista

Okay, people – what exactly is wrong with this film? I read some of the comments before watching the trailer and I was expecting the worst trailer ever. This movie looks like it has more production value than the so-called classic, Players Club. The main woman stripper can act better than LisaRaye. I loved the singing in the trailer and the film looks like it could be a horror-robbery movie. S&A posts all kinds of films, so, this post doesn't bother me at all.

chiguy

XXL had a step your lyrics up section. Shadow and act needs a Step your cinema up section.

Charles Judson

I'm not a fan of the post it and let other people decide tack. At least, not when it's obvious when the poster has some strong thoughts they would like to share. S&A has become one of the most influential voices on the net. Now that it's a part of Indiewire, even more so. I'd much rather hear more of your opinions and see more critique of the work being developed by filmmakers of color of all levels. If we're to have a strong(er) cinema, simply posting for postings sake is not going to be enough. I don't want to come to S&A just for pass through's and reposts with a light smattering of commentary. Less Ainitcool for Black Folks and more Cahiers du cinéma. Speaking specifically to "Because I Love You", the trailer has a strange mix of sincere filmmaking and narrative "blindness" that's fascinating. It's a bold screenwriter that will name a mother and daughter Cream and Cookie. And speaking to Tamara's points, this trailer is loaded with so many contradictory themes and messages about Black women, someone could probably write a pretty hefty Madonna/Whore thesis paper just off this trailer alone. It's obvious the filmmakers would think differently, however, it's all in there. Lastly, it's always curious when filmmakers mix two stories and (potentially) rob a character of their own arc. A story about a stripper in a custody battle is worthy of exploration, especially for a Black community that so often operates on a Saturday at the Juke-Joint/Sunday in the Pew approach to morality, sex and Black Women. To have Cream's story and personal journey "hijacked" and diverted into a thriller is either storytelling genius gone awry (it's something that a Jean-Luc Godard would have done in the 60s and be praised for), or a giant misstep from the jump. Because I Love You's plotline is akin to having a character from Nigeria who wants to move up in the world and be somebody. And in the story he's kidnapped, put on a slave ship, sent to the United States, and his slave master puts him through school and makes him a business man.

Sergio

How about that. I didn't notice

Jug

I was riveted by the wood door. Stunning Performance

Tamara

Hmm. I read the synopsis first then watched the trailer… I didn't know robbing strip clubs could be so lucrative? I hate that the woman is in a strip club in the first place, but it happens. I hate that "Gregory" (via synopsis) is the one who is constantly talking her off the pole—wish she would have come to that conclusion herself. I hate that she is abused repeatedly by "wild animals" wearing deathly hallows imprinted 'kerchiefs. I hate that it takes one of them to remind her of her worth, "who refuses to let her die" and reminds her that "her daughter needs her". I hate that at no point it seems via synopsis and trailer that SHE is in charge of herself. I dislike the victimization of it all and could on and on but I will stop. With that said, I'm glad the actors got a chance to work and hopefully 'build upon' their craft. I'm glad that the filmmaker was able to do the same. Good luck to them.

Mike

Ya'll just a bunch of bougie negros that can't appreciate the stripper game. HATERS with college degrees.

Batare

I understand that you don't what to encourage censorship, Sergio, and it was smart that you threw it to the comments, but maybe there should be some special group that these kinds of films can go in like the "I don't know about this, what do you think" group. Just to forewarn people about the disaster at the title. I know there are some great writers out there who have more stories, not just about strippers and drug dealers. I believe Shadow and Act is a great center for those writers who have great stories but don't get recognized. I'm not excited about this movie of course I seen many trailers on here like it. Sure we can't write something like Juno, because its already been done and a pregnant black girl with smart remarks isn't going to be seen as witty and inventive but difficult with a stank attitude, but I know there are writers out there that have witty humor in their scripts or have stories about real life that don't involve rape, kidnapping and robbery. You've proven yourself a great referee Sergio, but this is where I throw in the towel. Peace, Love and Harmony.

artbizzy

my people, my people…other than that, speechless.

Jay

"On the very night that Cream has decided to quit dancing, the strip club is robbed by a group of wild animals…"

Waitaminute… wild animals can rob? And they rob a STRIP CLUB?!

Donnie Leapheart

All I wanna know is why Sergio (purposely) not only bold underlined the S&A description but also misspelled certain words both times. Methinks these were a "copy & paste" from the initial email he received. LOL.

Ray

Ok I know I'm going to sound like a hypocrite for some of the things I said about Toddlers the other day, but I have no interest in this. We all know that rape, kidnapping, stripping and stuff goes on, but this just doesn't look good.

CareyCarey

*LOL* Nawl Darkan, I am going to pass on this one. In fact NICOLE made it further than me. I mean, when I read Sergio's setup I was done. I knew something awful was around the corner. So somebody will have to tell me what I missed?

LeonRaymond

Take my word for it, this will sell so many units , and their audience is the same audience that wants to see the reality TV SERIES about Drug dealer wives and that audience that thrives on the grimy lower , sordid ghetto world. I could never even sit down to write a screen play like this and I consider myself an awesome writer supreme, but this plays to that audience and that audience is huge and real , they made STATE PROPERTY huge DVD hit . So I see it coming and I know this film will deeply defended.

Nicole

No need to watch the trailer and lose anymore brain cells since that was accomplished by reading the synopsis. SMH

Something told me to stop reading at "Cream…"

Darkan

I have no words… Watched it twice and I am still speechless. I'm just waiting to hear the comments from everyone especially the "At least they got it done." crowd and the "We gotta give every filmmaker a chance to grow." pundits. *Grabs popcorn and a front row seat while waiting for Carey Carey and regulars to light the fireworks*

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