From writer/director Kim Moir comes the upcoming indie feature film, Once You Go Black, his second, from a screenplay that was one of the winners of the 2010 Maryland Film Festival Screenplay Competition sponsored by the Baltimore Film Office.
According to the director, the chance witnessing of a potential hate crime by a young African American woman writer, was inspiration for Once You Go Black, described as “brave and controversial” by the filmmaker.
Its synopsis reads:
“Once You Go Black” is the story of Zoey Brown, a writer for Baltimore Life, a glossy upscale magazine that focuses on the lives of the city’s growing population of cash-infused young urban professionals. While at a company meeting in a posh downtown restaurant, Zoey reluctantly intercedes in a fight between two Black women and a White woman — the reason? The gorgeous Black man escorting the White woman. Zoey is prompted by the magazine’s editors, with the promise of a juicy cover story, to explore in more detail the seething attitudes of some Black women regarding interracial relationships between White women and Black men. As she navigates a mine field of swirling emotions and potential violence, Zoey attempts to understand, through her daily interactions with her interview subjects — three wildly diverse interracial couples — some untold truths about sexual politics, race and identity.
Currently in development, Once You Go Black got a nice funding boost when the filmmakers successfully raised over $17,000 last year to help kickstart production; however, as the last post on the film’s Facebook page (from June) states, the filmmakers are still working to attract more financing, although they don’t say how much more is needed, or how much they’ve raised in total so far.
But that initial $17,112 must have been a boost of confidence from the people, speaking with their dollars, suggesting that this is a film they want to see.
Therefore, nothing for you all to see of the film just yet, because it hasn’t been shot yet.