Just about every time we’ve written about this project, the comments sections have been active with discussion/debate.
And all we’ve seen of it thus far is a 34-second teaser that really doesn’t reveal much at all. Obviously the story the film is based on – D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad – is familiar and controversial.
And we could even say similar things about the actor who stars in the film – Isaiah Washington.
Little has been revealed since our last post on it last fall… until today’s news that the project is one of 10 sub-1 million-budgeted projects selected for the eight annual IFP Narrative Labs, which starts in New York City this week.
The IFP initiative provides, amongst other things, completion, marketing and distribution assistance.
Blue Caprice is directed by Alexandre Moors, New York-based film, music-video and commercial director; you’ve likely seen some of his work, as he’s directed videos for the likes of Kanye West and Talib Kweli.
Tequan Richmond, best known for TV’s Everybody Hates Chris, co-stars as Lee Boyd Malvo.
Still nothing new in terms of media – clips, trailers… but I did find the above image on Moors’ website, which is new to me, and so I assume is new to you as well.
And we also have an official synopsis for the project, which reads:
Blue Caprice examines of one of the most charged and enigmatic events of the past decade: the 2002 shooting spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area and would come to be known as the Beltway sniper attacks. The film tells the story of the two snipers, Lee Malvo and John Williams, during the months leading up to the shootings, piecing together clues in an attempt to understand the circumstances and motives behind their horrific actions.
I embedded the 34-second teaser trailer here for those who haven’t seen it yet; but first, here’s an excerpt from an interview Vanessa did with Washington last fall, in which Blue Caprice was discussed:
VM: Tell me about Blue Caprice, in which you will play D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad and which you’re currently filming. How did you prepare for the role?
IW: I’m a human being, I’m going to have to tell the truth and bring honesty to the script, but, I can say that the best thing has been two books I read; one by Russian author from the 19th century Fyodor Dostoyevsky called Notes from the Underground and the book Scared Silent from John Allen Muhammad’s former wife [Mildred Muhammad]. Hopefully, it [Blue Caprice] will be very thought provoking, very intense, funny. Hopefully, people will walk out of the theater really confused about how they feel over what they thought they knew about this man because, what we see is ‘wow, this man is also trying to be a good father to his 3 kids and they were taken way from him. Now…does that excuse his behavior? Nah! But I will say that although you may not agree, hopefully it will help you understand.
VM: Tequan Richmond plays your young accomplice in the film, Lee Boyd Malvo. How is working with him?
IW: He’s going to be the breakout star of this film. I’m sure he’s going to be the one that gets all the awards and nominations. He’s young, a great professional, highly motivated, very passionate about this role and the film. I wish him nothing but the best. I told him, “if you don’t get nominated for an Oscar for this; I’m wasting my time!”
So, given his enthusiasm, the film’s IFP Labs selection, the subject matter, Moors’ background, and the moody teaser, I’m definitely curious about this one, and looking forward to eventually seeing more of it.