I was involved with this Documentary as a Producer and Director, and it tells the story (and struggles) of Noreen – as she has grown up dealing with trying to find comfort with her skin complexion. Shadeism or Colorism, is the struggle that many black people have to deal with during their lives as self-esteem and self-worth is sometimes tied to how dark or light one is. Yes, writing that last sentence out sounds crazy, but many people – from children to grown adults still place a value on their self-esteem and self-worth based on their complexion.
This documentary started off with an idea from Noreen as she called me one Fall Day in 2019 and explained what she wanted to do. At first, I thought this would be a small little project that I can assist with – I was semi-interested, as I had other projects on the go, so I told her ‘why not’. Several months later, multiple shoots across Toronto and New York City, a pandemic, several rounds of editing, and finally in September 2020, this 38 minute documentary was finished that hopefully can shed some insight into the important issue of colorism in the black community.
Taking it as I got a haircut that looks like I am in the 80’s, came across a super dope fresh video of a breaking crew from the 80’s called “Kangol”. This documentary-style video takes a look at Kangol’s rise in the 80’s and 90’s, and also takes a look at his son, T-Shaun.
A very funny spoof of outsourcing in India as ‘Manoj’ takes the viewer on a mockumentary on his business and lifestyle in India. This video takes some cues from the popular TV show ‘the Office (U.S. & U.K. version), and adds an Indian flavor to it – while also touching on the outsourcing issue as many American corporations put their call centers in India.
I put this video up (besides the fact that is funny & intriguing) is that I had an idea which was similar to this a couple of years ago, and I still think, if written and presented properly, this idea would be a hit. Something for you striking Hollywood writers to think about on your laptops in Starbucks.