forged between the South Central Los Angeles’ residents and LAPD homicide detectives dedicated to helping one of the most infamous neighborhoods in the world heal. This is the directorial debut for of co-Directors, veteran producer Mark Earl Burman (“Dog Eat Dog”) and Mike Cooley.
The film is being presented at TIFF and will make its next festival
debut in the U.S. at SLIFF in Saint Louis as well as screenings in
Produced in association with Ronin Media House, “South Bureau Homicide” invites the viewer to become a temporary resident of one of the most crime-riddled areas
in the nation and showcases how it has affected the community at large, with people of from all backgrounds and ethnicities working together for a common
“After two years in the making, “South Bureau Homicide” is perfectly positioned to be a vehicle of education and healing first and foremost, yet due
to the recent events that have brought our society to a vital tipping point, this timely, heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale has major worldwide
commercial appeal,” said Burman. “The glimpse the film provides into what’s happening in South Los Angeles underscores the mission of relationship building
LAPD has pursued since the riots of the 1990s. It provides evidence for the rest of the nation that local law enforcement and the community it serves can
forge a productive relationship despite the overhang of violent crime.”
also currently in pre-production on “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Nicolas
Cage, written and directed by Paul Schrader ( “Raging Bull,” “Taxi
Driver”), which made its Cannes market debut earlier this year.
In addition to his resume as filmmaker, Burman is an LA County Commissioner (life position), appointed in 2008 and on the board of the The New Way of Life
| Re-Entry Project.
Set in LAPD’s South Bureau that spans the southern part of the City of Los Angeles, the film explores the unsung bond created by the homicide detectives of
the Los Angeles Police Department’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division and the local community’s anti-violent crime activists. Going against the grain of
commonly perceived police & community relations, they traffic in the aftermath of murder, stepping into the breach of loss for next of kin,
investigating the crimes, and forging relationships with residents left to live amidst persistent violence.
“‘South Bureau Homicide’ introduces the viewer to a cast of real characters whose motives are pure and remarkable in the face of life’s greatest tragedy:
homicide. These unsung heroes toil persistently without fame or notoriety to bring a measure of healing to families whose loved ones are literally stolen
from them,” said co-director Mike Cooley, who also shot and edited the film. “We earned unprecedented access with LAPD and the trust of the community by
embedding intimately into their lives and experiences, capturing them honestly and authentically. These people and the work they do speak for themselves.”
“South Bureau Homicide” has various sales and distribution deals on the table with community and major film festival premieres planned ahead of the film’s release. Special
screenings at AME churches in South Los Angeles and elsewhere will kick off the film’s initial grass-roots marketing campaign.