Film Circuit Not for Faint of Heart
(The Root) — Living in New York City gives you a perspective of struggle, of hustle — the belief that if you deprive yourself and focus on your craft, you, too, can have it all. Leaving New York, even for a day, can deliver a certain clarity, akin to learning that razor blades are not an effective form of weight loss. New York is seen as a mecca for culture and diversity — a view that is both our gift and our curse. We are a city wrapped in ourselves; we dwell in our circles and use our friends and interests to reinforce our views of the world. The city keeps a lot of artists suffocated like the roots of a plant that has overgrown its pot. Darius Clark Monroe, John Goff and I left our tightly woven Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, community for a much-needed vacation, exchanging our unlimited Metro cards for the highway. My friend Darius’ latest short film, Slow, was in competition at the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Slow is the story of two black men who arrange a date after meeting on the Internet. The film had previously premiered at some of the more esteemed gay film festivals, but Martha’s Vineyard was its first foray into the black arena.