So this reminds of that bruhaha I caused back in early January when I posted the trailer for the indie film Because I Love You. You remember that film? The one about a stipper who’s kidnapped, sexually assualted and held against her will by a gang of robbers until one of the thieves falls in love with her and helps to plan her escape? Yeah that one..
At the time I said I was honestly conflicted about putting something up about the film because of the subject matter and the reaction I knew it would get. But at the same time I felt like it was censorship if I didn’t. I mean who am I to judge what someone decides to make a film about? It’s up to you to make up your own mind whether you want to see it or not.
Well here we go again. Newark based filmmaker Vaughn Christion has started a Kickstarter campaign to get completion funds for his feature film Key of Brown which he wrote and directed. It stars Verina Banks, Struggle E. Stylez, James Lyones, Jacque Dorsey, Stan Adams and Europe Harmon.
And just like Beacuse I Love You, I had my doubts when I read the synopsis for the his film which takes place: “one harrowing night in the life of Bernadette Lawson, a retiring call girl, recently released from prison and serving out the remainder of her sentence on monitored house arrest. In need of cash, she can’t resist doing a, quick, one hour, five hundred dollar favor for her ex-madam but the night turns deadly when the client turns out to be a notorious serial killer of prostitutes, wanted by the F.B.I. and transporting a kilo of high quality brown heroin.“
Now when I read that, I told Mr. Christion that a lot of people were going to get pretty upset. Black woman as prostitute… serial killer… drugs. It’s like he’s really asking for it isn’t he? He responded saying that he felt his story was “unique” and “it’s not at all what people think it is,” and will.answer any attacks.
So O.K. there it is. You’re free to make your comments.
For his Kickstarter campaign along with clips from the film go HERE.