Last night I was at the final night of the Gen Art Film Festival in Chicago and got see the premiere of Explicit Ills, a home-hitting drama by actor, director, writer, and producer, Mark Webber. Gen Art Film Fest Photos
Being my first movie premiere, I was excited to participate in the function of it all, getting to meet the directors, actors, producers, etc. As well, I got to check out the after party and hang with the all of the above. It was a cool experience to be apart of the process of the distribution of a filmmakers creation to an audience. I can imagine the anxiety of delivering your hard work into a room filled with critics who may, or may not be aware of what goes into the production of film. I have been lucky enough to be involved in two small film projects as producer and as an actor (Women Unscripted and Chasing Erica), so, I understand the venerability of the filmmakers opening up their work to criticism. It was a cool experience being at the Gen Art Film Festival here in Chicago, and I am lucky to have been able to sit on some cool movies, Explicit Ills being on of them.
Explicit Ills was brilliant, through its function, message, style, and cinematography. You could tell that a lot of technical and creative process was put into this movie and everything was very intentional with meticulous detail. This film was a slice of life of the urban poor culture set in Philly, but could be skinned anywhere. The message was delivered through a variety of characters from different lives, but brought together to fight for a movement of change, the human movement.
If I got nothing else from this movie it was that despite our sociological backgrounds, we are all affected by our environment whether we experience it directly, or through degrees of separation. My hope is that this movie will make it into mass distribution, as the message is one that should be heard across the globe. So, if you get the chance and this film is showing near you, catch it, trust me.