Soft Focus

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SOFT FOCUS 

Written, directed and produced by Rod Gailes OBC; Brandon E. Littlejohn, Associate Producer; Tambay Obenson and Rodney Parnther, Executive Producers

Cast:

Damian Omar Lee - Marcus

Madeleine Dauzart - Mama

Aaron Clifton Moten - Kunta

Angela Lewis - Niecy

Soft Focus is a portrait of Marcus

… a repressed college student pursuing a deeper carnal knowledge to escape his religiously strident home life.

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Rod Gailes OBC Talks To S&A About ‘Soft Focus,’ His Body Of Work, Artistic Motivations, More…
1 - “Controversial” seems to be a popular adjective used to describe your work; where do you think that came from? Was it something you embraced, and maybe even promoted, or it was something that happened outside of you? And what do you think makes your work “controversial” in the eyes of others? Is it the seemingly taboo subjects your tackle, or more than that.
OBC: My first festival hit film out of NYU was “Twin Cousins” about the coming of age of two pre-teen girls and the changing nature of friendship. It won a lot of awards, impressed a lot of people, and got me noticed. Then I started doing more provocative subject matter. Anytime you go from family oriented to anything even remotely sexual or honestly adult, there are whispers of “Controversy”. That all started with “pharaoh jones”.  People were not ready for that film or feature script following my “Family flick” hit. I think they are ready now. America is a paradoxical place. Underwear ads everywhere, but no candid, healthy open discussion about the obvious things in our everyday lives. Honesty, for better or worse, sometimes equals Controversy so I guess our fates are tied. As Christopher Tracey said, “I want to be an honest man.”
Continue the interview here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/c60f35b0-b3df-11e1-bcc4-123138165f92

Rod Gailes OBC Talks To S&A About ‘Soft Focus,’ His Body Of Work, Artistic Motivations, More…

1 - “Controversial” seems to be a popular adjective used to describe your work; where do you think that came from? Was it something you embraced, and maybe even promoted, or it was something that happened outside of you? And what do you think makes your work “controversial” in the eyes of others? Is it the seemingly taboo subjects your tackle, or more than that.

OBC: My first festival hit film out of NYU was “Twin Cousins” about the coming of age of two pre-teen girls and the changing nature of friendship. It won a lot of awards, impressed a lot of people, and got me noticed. Then I started doing more provocative subject matter. Anytime you go from family oriented to anything even remotely sexual or honestly adult, there are whispers of “Controversy”. That all started with “pharaoh jones”.  People were not ready for that film or feature script following my “Family flick” hit. I think they are ready now. America is a paradoxical place. Underwear ads everywhere, but no candid, healthy open discussion about the obvious things in our everyday lives. Honesty, for better or worse, sometimes equals Controversy so I guess our fates are tied. As Christopher Tracey said, “I want to be an honest man.”

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Selected as the 2nd Shadow And Act Filmmaker Script Challenge Winner in 2011, Soft Focus is a portrait of Marcus

…a repressed college student pursuing a deeper carnal knowledge to escape his religiously strident home life.

Written, Produced, & Directed by Rod Gailes OBC - twitter.com/TheeOBC

Starring: Damion Omar Lee, Angela Lewis, Aaron Clifton Moten, Madeleine Dauzart

June 13th - 1 Night Only Theatrical Release! For tickets go to: brownpapertickets.com/event/250745

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“Soft Focus” stars Damion Omar Lee, Angela Lewis, Madeleine Dauzart, and introduces Aaron Clifton Moten (currently appearing in the hit Broadway play, 
"A Streetcar Named Desire") 

For Tickets Go to:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250745

“Soft Focus” stars Damion Omar Lee, Angela Lewis, Madeleine Dauzart, and introduces Aaron Clifton Moten (currently appearing in the hit Broadway play, 

"A Streetcar Named Desire") 

For Tickets Go to:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250745

On the set of the OBC DreamTheatre/Shadow And Act film, “Soft Focus” written, produced, & directed by Rod Gailes OBC.
Photo Credit: Bayete Ross Smith

On the set of the OBC DreamTheatre/Shadow And Act film, “Soft Focus” written, produced, & directed by Rod Gailes OBC.

Photo Credit: Bayete Ross Smith

On the set of the OBC DreamTheatre/Shadow And Act film, “Soft Focus” written, produced, & directed by Rod Gailes OBC. Pictured from L to R: James Francis Richards, Rod Gailes OBC, & Aaron Moten as “KUNTA”. Photo Credit: Bayeté Ross Smith
 
On the set of the OBC DreamTheatre/Shadow And Act film, “Soft Focus” written, produced, & directed by Rod Gailes OBC. Pictured from L to R: James Francis Richards, Rod Gailes OBC, & Aaron Moten as “KUNTA”. Photo Credit: Bayeté Ross Smith