What inspired this story?
I have always been interested in telling a story about George Jackson and Angela Davis. The Black Power Movement is intriguing. It’s an important period of American history. People gave their lives for justice and equality. We recreated a fictional snapshot of the potential issues these two may have experienced during that time.
What was it like working with Alikhan Lochin and Joi Liaye?
It was great! I LOVED working with these two outstanding actors. Alikhan and Joi have the ability to captivate audiences because they’re ridiculously talented and illuminate the screen.
What inspired you to cast them for this film?
Their auditions were excellent. I appreciated the way both popped on tape and screen.
What did you enjoy most while shooting this film?
The writing process between me and the co-writer was great. The material resonated with us. We both are very aware of the historical importance of Angela Davis and George Jackson. So, this story was imperative for us to create and share.
What was the most difficult part of shooting this film?
As a creator, it is always difficult when there are so many potential plots worth exploring preceding this important moment of history. Recreating a fictionalized portrayal of Angela Davis and George Jackson was challenging because… George Jackson spent a significant amount of his time in jail writing letters to Angela. So, my co-writer and I created a scenario where we could explore a fictional portrayal of their relationship, specifically from a college student’s perspective, during the heart of “The Movement.” I felt it was important to explore the challenges both faced under difficult circumstances in the film.
What are the most pivotal moments of this film?
When George and Angela realize they have reached a turning point in their relationship. They share different perspectives regarding their response to injustice So, there is conflict.
If you had to summarize this film in one word, what would it be?
What would make writing and directing this film a success for you?
Reminding viewers of the complex challenges that earlier generations faced during an important moment in American history due to racial and social injustice. Every week there is a new case of police brutality and social injustice. It’s important that we do not forget those that helped liberate us and the challenges they often faced.
How can we watch this film?