The Day That Opened The Worlds Eyes
On August 9, 2014, one of the most pivotal events in society took place in Ferguson, Missouri.
The shooting and death of Mike Brown not only affected the lives of people in St. Louis, but the manner of his death touched this entire country and extended abroad. If there was ever anything that could cause a greater divide among races of people, this I believe has been the catalyst for driving us further apart. There is no secret that for a long time St. Louis has been labeled one of the most (if not the most) racist cities in the United States. I have chosen to take this opportunity to use one of the most tragic incidents in our city to place eyes on St. Louis in a way that changes the perception of who we are. I am inviting you to be part of this history in the making.During the aftermath surrounding Mike Brown’s death, there was a focus on documentaries to highlight what led to his death and all the events resulting from his death. However, I had a desire to pour my passion for filmmaking into a project that would not leave us in a conversation about what happened on August 9, 2014. I desire to see and hear us as human beings cross the racial divide and have an open dialogue that will lead to healing in how we communicate and live among each other. It is time for us to stop just treating symptoms or bandaging wounds without addressing the cause. In 2015 I began developing my project, The Lou—a fictional 6-part drama which explores the lives of eight friends during the aftermath of the Mike Brown verdict. I am happy to say that in April 2016, my crew and I began and completed shooting the first episode, and we love how everything is unfolding. I cannot wait to share with you and the rest of the world this story and all the talented people that are helping bring my vision to light on the screen. However, successful completion of The Lou requires additional production equipment, props for the sets, and another filming cost. Here’s where I am asking and sincerely in need of your help. I am asking that you please donate to this project.