Hollywood on the Potomac


March 14, 2016

“The purpose of the movie is to make people aware of what’s going on,” Dominique Purdy told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It’s for people that are not experiencing the type of things that I have based on my personal experiences and those of a lot of people of my background. It is to show people what it’s like dealing with this on a daily basis. People that deal with this on a daily basis – they get a lot of the jokes because the humor in this [stuff] is ridiculous!”  Dominique Purdy is the star and co-writer of Driving While Black being shown at the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF).

Driving While Black (DWB) is a dark comedy, rooted deeply in reality… but not a reality that everybody is familiar with. The film explores the reasons why so many black men have concerns of unfair treatment, especially while driving.  “Anyone who has ever driven while black, (or knows someone who has) will laugh throughout – and it might just change an opinion or two,” Purdy added.  It’s a comedy about the extra layer of police hassle that the young black man faces while driving.  We asked him when he was aware of this going on, when he was a teenager driving around?  “No, when I was born,” he laughed. “Only in America!”

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'American Bred'

March 9, 2016

In present day Detroit, where the influence of organized crime has diminished, filmmaker Justin Chambers brings it back one more time in his new film “American Bred”  as a reminder of one of the lasting crime syndicates that unraveled when lies, mystery and betrayal devoured the trust which held them together. “It’s definitely intense, it’s an intense movie.  You know, I really liked movies like the Godfather,” Chambers told Hollywood on the Potomac, “that Mafia genre.  It’s really an interesting world when you do pull the curtain back. The things that they do to these people does get pretty violent.”

“The attention span of kids today is not what it used to be,” explained Chambers, “and a lot of them like that energy, lots of stuff going on, shoot ’em up – so I wanted to have that independent feel, tell that story, but surround it with something that really draws audiences in.”

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Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

March 3, 2016

Tina Fey goes to war in Afghanistan.  Well not really; but she does in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” which screened in Washington, DC at The US Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater co-hosted by The Motion Picture Association of America and Paramount Pictures.

Kim Barker, author of the book by the same name, sat down with Hollywood on the Potomac at a party in her honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter.  About the book: “For almost five years, Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, directing coverage of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. She covered natural disasters like the tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Kashmir. She tracked manmade disasters — the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the corruption in Afghanistan, the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Through all of it, she tried to keep her sense of humor. After the Tribune decided to cut back on foreign coverage, Barker quit in April 2009 to write “The Taliban Shuffle” and become the Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She freelanced for Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, Reader’s Digest and The Atlantic. Barker, who previously worked at The Seattle Times and the Spokane Spokesman-Review, is now a general-assignment reporter at ProPublica working on enterprise and investigative stories.”  Amazon

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