I’d say there are more than a few black filmmakers working consistently, and simultaneously within, and outside the studio system, that most of us (myself included) aren’t aware of. There could be any number of reasons for that, which I won’t go into here; but I’d say that Kim Bass falls under that category.
Heard of him? Some of you probably have; but I’m sure most have not.
He’s been in the business since the early 1980s, first as an actor, and then quickly making the move into TV, first producing a series titled True Colors for 2 seasons; then he wrote for In Living Color for 4 seasons, in the early 90s; and then made his feature film writing debut, penning the script for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, in 1996; in 1997, he produced the animated TV series based on Men in Black; in the late 1990s, he co-created and wrote for Sister, Sister, which ran for 6 seasons; then he created another TV series, Kenan & Kel, which ran for 5 seasons and would mark the last time he did anything for TV. That ended its run in the year 2000.
Since then, he’s been full-throttle into feature film writing and directing what look like primarily indie features, and all action/thriller, like Junkyard Dog, and Kill Speed – both released in 2010.
And today brings word that Mr Bass will next helm an indie western titled The Unbroken, which just tapped Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, Friday Night Lights) to star.
The Unbroken is set in the 1896 Arizona, and centers on a young loner who risks everything to rescue his mail-order bride (even though he’s never met her) from a gang of ruthless outlaws led by his father, a cold-blooded killer.
No word on other casting yet, but they’ve got some time, since shooting has been scheduled to begin next April, with Kim Bass’ Bass Entertainment Pictures producing along with Beautiful Lie Pictures’ Deanna Shapiro.
Bass told Variety that he’s had a lifelong passion for Westerns dating back to his childhood in upstate New York, where his father worked as a cowboy, and that this is essentially a passion project he’s been wanting to do for a long time, and is finally getting to do it.
Bass will be directing from his own script.
The above photo is the best I could find. There wasn’t much to choose from.