Oct 31, 2012 – “What About Us?” (http://www.whataboutus-themovie.com/ (http://www.whataboutus-themovie.com/)) a movie directed by Sundance award-winning producer Deatra L. Harris, explores the disparities of media coverage and resources certain families receive when their loved ones go missing. The film which stars actor-dancer-director, Jasmine Guy will debut Friday, November 9th at the 3rd Annual BronzeLens Film Festival (http://www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com/) hosted at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis that will feature nearly 50 new films – new features, shorts, and documentary films from filmmakers across the country, the Caribbean, and Africa.
In “What About Us?” Guy portrays a troubled woman whose issues are not immediately apparent until the culmination of events at the end of the film. The film is emotional, provocative and will certainly resonate with anyone who has been affected by a missing loved one. Harris, one of the founding partners in Visigoth Pictures (http://www.visigothpictures.com/) explains, “This was one of the first scripts I wrote when I started my film career over five years ago. I wanted to give a voice to those families who struggle to be heard and struggle desperately to receive the help and resources when their loved ones go missing”.
Visigoth Pictures partnered with Peas in their Pods(http://www.peasintheirpods.com/), a local non-profit organization that supports families with missing children here in Atlanta. The film used an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds and awareness for not only the production of the film, but to also help support their community partner. Visigoth also found a way to further give back to the Atlanta community by having 16-year-old Atlanta based singer/songwriterLyric Rachae’ perform the title track to the film which was produced by Atlanta’s own State of Mind Muzic. In addition, they brought in 20 Dunwoody High School students to intern on set during production.
After seeing Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society” and Guy’s stellar performance as “Janet Logan”, Deatra took a chance and approached Jasmine about starring in and possibly executive producing her film “What About Us?” Jasmine read the script and was on board in a matter of days. “Not only is the state of missing children in crisis, so is the status of which parents receive help and which ones do not. ‘What About Us’ is a film that helps bring to light the injustice and disparity between those children we help find and those we ignore,” Guy states.