My bud and mentor Pete Chatmon’s acclaimed short film makes it’s YouTube debut today. After a successful festival run and a world premiere on HBO, BlackCard is ready to take over the Internets. I was fortunate enough to be on-set throughout the filming of BlackCard and you can check out photos & filmmaking insight from Pete over @tenframes. Go check out the film now on YouTube - link in my bio! ・・・
“To whom should one be loyal and at what price? Should we lose individuality for the sake of community? Is the happiness of our loved ones more important than our own?
BlackCard is a universal film dealing with universal questions around identity. Although it's delivered through a macro lens, so to speak, following an afternoon with our heroes Leonard and Lona, every person watching has had moments where they knew they were doing something that might not fit the ideals of a particular group in which they were a "member". Whether they decided to self-censor or not, these "codes" were on their radar and they had to make a decision. On the flip side of that, many times the same viewer has questioned another person's actions and whether or not they fit a particular code. My hope is that the film will poke people whenever a situation like this arises, from either side, and folks will make the decision that is true to their individual beliefs, without concern for any judgment.
I hope people will see how universal the themes of this film happen to be. At the same time, though, this film is a letter to my community, something that I hope inspires folks to realize we are not monolithic and do not have to subscribe to anything we don't believe in. Communities are made up of individuals, yet too often the individual gets lost within the group, and that does not have to be the case. Where all best served when doing what we love and being who we desire to be.” ...@double7 - on his short film BlackCard.
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