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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Venus Dialogues: Ladies Love Leo Littles

(L-R) Hassan Johnson (Leo Littles) and Kontinental Krome (Jason)
Updated 06/07/2013

From my daily interactions, I often wonder if the concept of chivalry is a lost art.  I encounter men that do not obey the rule of ladies first. I find myself holding doors open, changing the direction of my step, or being mindful of etiquette in a crowded elevator more so than my male counterparts these days. It is perturbing because often men wonder why they can't find a decent woman. This is most likely because we have been programmed to fend for ourselves instead of expecting  common courtesies from a man.

Thus, my interest was perked when I learned one of my tweeples was making a film on the subject. "Ladies Love Leo Littles" explores this topic and provides context from a male perspective. Writer/director Sean "Red.71" Murdock, gives insight into the project, scheduled for release Summer 2013.

Absolute Venus: Tell us more about the premise of the film.
Red.71: "Ladies Love Leo Littles : A Lesson in Chivalry" is the story of two young men from different worlds who teach each other a valuable lesson about the opposite sex. Leo Littles is an ordinary gentleman leading an extraordinary life, well at least to some. It's a romantic comedy set in downtown Brooklyn, NY. 

AbsoluteVenus: Are you the sole writer of the screenplay, or was it a collaborative effort?
Red.71: Sole writer although there were a couple of re-writes after I had a read with a few friends.

AbsoluteVenus: Is Leo Littles based on someone you know? A mixture of people you know?
Red.71: Leo Littles is loosely based on some of my life and a couple of good brothers I know. I was inspired by the neighborhood. While walking my dogs Sporty and Esquire, who cameo in the film, and living in the Avalon Ft. Greene I saw the difference in the mindset of two different communities of people living is such close proximity to each other and how they perceive the other group.

AbsoluteVenus: Who is the talented cast/crew for the film?
Red.71: Hassan Johnson aka Weebey from HBO's "The Wire" landed the lead as Leo Littles. He is a seasoned actor who has been typecast as the hoodlum type. However, in this film, he plays a former nerd and college graduate who successfully goes into business for himself. Trenice Jenkins plays Nyomi, the leading lady, with no formal experience but natural talent. Kontinental Krome, the supporting male in this film as Jason, is a Stoll fairly new on the big screen. He debuted in "1st Dates" as Todd but is comfortable in front of the camera. Lil Bob McCall is also no stranger to the big screen and he plays Marty, Jason's good friend who doesn't want him to mature. There are also a host of beautiful ladies of all nationalities that help to prove that chivalry is international and isn't bound by language or ethnicity. My indispensable film crew have the most important jobs that you never see and they are truly the ones who make magic happen. From sound to lighting to edit every member of my team is appreciated.

AbsoluteVenus: Where is filming taking place?
Red.71: Brooklyn and Manhattan NY but mostly Brooklyn.

AbsoluteVenus: When will filming begin?
Red.71: We start shooting June 9, 2013 and at the end of July.

AbsoluteVenus: When is the project slated to be completed?
Red.71: We are scheduled for an early September 2013 release date.

AbsoluteVenus: What other projects are you working on?
Red.71: Currently writing my 1st book entitled "The Right Fight" which is about a young boxer. It will be my 3rd screenplay. I want to try something different by writing the book first to gain a fan base then have them come out and support the film in theaters. I hope to have it distributed to at least 50 theaters nationwide.

AbsoluteVenus: Where can we see some of your work?
Red.71: My 1st short film about the risks of casual dating is available on Youtube.
"1st Dates"

I look forward to seeing the film and will bring any previews to you here on Planet Venus!

love & light
© 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Venus Dialogues | War Paint

you may remember a post on Planet Venus of Chip Fu's song, "Endless Search". the reggae love ballad, from a previous project, illustrates Chip's vocal ability and range as an artist. another weapon in the arsenal of an artist best known for his machine gun lyrical delivery.

i had the pleasure of interviewing Chip Fu about his latest project, "War Paint", scheduled for release on the indie label, Blaq Ink. Chip shared with me his motivation for making the album as well as some exciting collaborations from the project. the depth of talent on the album is sure to result in a release that real heads have been thirsting for.

AbsoluteVenus: when will War Paint be released? 

ChipFu: in october but, i will be releasing three singles before then.

AbsoluteVenus: what was your inspiration for the album?

ChipFu: my inspiration comes from understanding that it's time for a change on all levels. it's more so about connecting with one's self. if you ask someone what they represent, they can't answer you. i feel it's time for war...cause in some cases with war comes peace.

AbsoluteVenus: what song(s) will be the first release(s)? 

ChipFu: the first songs are the Vitamin D produced "Tear Gas" and "Flowenometry" produced by Ill Mind.

AbsoluteVenus: any other collabs u wanna mention?

ChipFu: collabs i got > Vinne Paz - "Do It All", Prince Po - "Apathy", Khalil (Bush Babies), T3 (Slum Village) and Del the Funky Homosapien on a song called "Spaceship".

to hear more about War Paint, follow Chip Fu on Twitter at @ChipFu or, on his blog Blaq.Ink - The Movement.

love & light

© 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Window Panes

As the seasons change, I sit and look through my window panes.
Peering through blinds, designed to keep eyes from looking in?
Or, do they keep them from looking out?
Pulling them back to see the light shine through.
But, even sunlight casts a shadow as it brightens the room.
For whom am I waiting?
For what am I anticipating?
Night comes sooner most often, than that which I await.
Shut the blinds back as it approaches.
Darkness is not welcomed as it arrives at my doorstep.
As it ascends the stairs, taking the breath from my chest.
I sit speechless.
Wanting to look through my panes, to let wandering eyes see my pain.
But they only see the exterior of my house.
Not what lays within.

Hale's Angel
© 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Speaking in Tongues | Native Dialect

Dres and Jarobi, masters like Obi-wan Kenobi. if you didn't know, watch, cause this is straight dope, b! kinetic. organic. naturally dynamic. feeding the real heads in the midst of the famine. original zulu. aligning the planets. unified song of the "pih poh"...Evitan.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Scorpio Rising

I think of him in the a.m. even though his name is of another time.
Expressing his thoughts in my dreams through pantomime.
He’s a self-proclaiming frigid bastard yet, I still pine for his affections.
His soul hides in the recesses of his misconceptions.

Subject to the deception of whores he’s known before.
Time doesn’t heal all wounds.
Just leaves scars behind.
The pain never subsides, his heart is still sore.

Redemption he seeks, but his aims are off-target.
Trying to make me jump through hoops because his senses are lethargic.
Cathartic remedies for his blatant skepticism.
When our spirits meet, cataclysm.

If I told him of the incessant violations from my adolescence, he would shudder.
But, I dare not utter.
Such overtones into the song of the uni-verse will disturb the brilliance.
Resilience is my greatest virtue.

My recollection of his spirit tells me he’s a young soul with old ways.
His affliction is physical but hinders his emotions nowadays.
Expressive, but only in written form.
When the vocals are on paper for him to perform.

Spontaneous communication, not so much.
So much that should be said, maybe he’s out of touch.
The effect that he has, he’s fully aware.
But, he chooses not to diffuse it, leaving me bare.

He’s in darkness seeking light.
I reach back to pull him up.
But, he sees it as death.
Another sleepless night.

Trusting what will come the morning after.
I operate in reality, illusions are for brains on scatter.
He acts like it don’t matter but, I know better.
He was with me in lives past, and is present in my now and forever.

Hale's Angel
© 2012