Thursday, January 29, 2009

Support Black Film - Medicine For Melancholy

This small independent film is getting some serious buzz. One of my regular readers dropped a line about it a little while ago and this is the first time I had a chance to squeeze it in. This film is only getting a limited release at this time, so please let me know if you get a chance to see it. It sounds really good.


Mista Jaycee January 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

I hope that it plays at the Pan Afrikan Film Festival.


classical one January 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

I saw this film at a the San Francisco International film festival last year. Not being a member of the African American community, I can't say much about the relationships in the movie; however, it is true that African Americans are disappearing from the city and the last black neighborhood of Hunter's Point was recently opened up to large scale development. I felt the cinematography captured the tones and atmosphere of San Francisco quite well. I'm also fairly sure that most San Franciscans could relate to the film's discussion of the rising cost of living and assaults on rent control that threaten to turn the city into one without a middle class.

Anonymous,  January 30, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

I will definitely go check this does look very interesting and cute and quirky!

I do hope it is picked up by the SF Black Film Festival ( The founder recently passed on this week.

It is very true that SF, shoot, California PERIOD is showing a decline of Black residents. You have many black families moving to the Valley (Richmond, Vallejo, Stockton, etc etc). Oakland is one of the few places with a somewhat healthy Black population. Hunter's Point, sadly, has become a community of increasing crime, drugs, and despair.

But, uh, back to the film, I definitely will be there!

Eye D. VS Mel O. January 31, 2009 at 8:32 PM  

i checked out the film earlier today and i really enjoyed it. the plot, its sub plots, and especially the cinematography, specifically the transition of colors from dull to bright were really good. the one night stand aspect was not looked at from a Hollywood blockbuster perspective, kudos to Barry Jenkins for that!
it was down to earth and even made you think about the film's points concerning race, gentrification, identity, and indirectly relationships (in my opinion).
definitely check it out.

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