In addition to upcoming turns in HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic, and Patrik-Ian Polk’s indie drama “Blackbird,” both set to premiere this spring, Mo’Nique is also headlining another lesser-known indie drama titled “About,” from Rareform Pictures, and writer, director, producer VW Scheich, and co-writer Uyen Le.
Weaving together 13 different stories, each based on real-life events, through extensive interviews with everyday people, director VW Scheich collected pivotal moments in the lives of these people, each struggling with to get over some specific hurdle – loss, homelessness, addiction, and suicidal tendencies. Mo’Nique is most likely the best known of all the actors in the film – some of them are the actual people whose stories inspired the film.
“This is the first time that I’ve really played someone that is living, and I want to make sure that I’m telling her truth,” says Mo’Nique in a fundraising video for the film last fall, when an Indiegogo campaign was launched to raise money to help complete the film (which had already been shot at the time). She added that she hopes it’s a film that will change the lives of those who see it.
Joining Mo’Nique in front of the camera are Carlotta Elektra Bosch, Myles Cranford, Jon Eiswerth, and others. No word yet on what each of their individual stories is, and the characters they each play.
“About” is currently in post-production, with a likely 2015 film festival bow, some time later this year. With all the press Mo’Nique’s been receiving lately, and with both “Blackbird” and “Bessie” likely to make individual splashes of their own, this seemingly little indie here may get a nice publicity boost, thanks to her name, when it eventually premieres.
Nothing to look at yet, except the above photo from the film, and poster below (the project’s Facebook page is loaded with pictures, so feel free to go there if you’d like to see more).