It is films like this one that are major reasons for why this site was
created in the first place. There are so many independent black films being
made, that they would be overlooked, unless we bought them to attention.
Case in point, is the new feature film, Troop 491: the Adventures of the Muddy
Lions, which opened this past Friday in Richmond
Virginia, for a limited one-week run before its national roll-out.
Praphet, a graduate of Howard University, with a Masters in Film from Florida State University, says that the film, which was shot during the summer of 2012 in Virginia, takes a look “at the impact Scouting can have
on youth from in the inner city.”
Along with Tim and Daphne
Reid, the film stars Michael LeMelle, Melody Tally, Terrell
Donnell Sledge, Malique Hawkins, Kameron J. Brown and Kimani Coleman.
And as for the premise of the film, it deals with Tristan
(played by Coleman), a young boy “coping with life in the inner city whose mother
enrolls him in the Boy Scouts in an effort to keep him off the streets. But
when he witnesses a homicide, the local thug demands the boy’s silence. Tristan
learns, with the help of his new Scout friends, that doing the right thing
isn’t always easy. Will he follow the code of the streets or will he follow the
code of the Scouts?”
Looks like we’re going to have to see the film to find
Here’s the trailer: