One of this year's most popular films at the 16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) was Bill Duke's "Cover," a film about the downlow---surprise surprise. "Cover" was so popular that one encore wouldn't accommodate the hundreds of people that showed up to see it, so a third screening was added. Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, Richard Gant, Mya, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leon, Paula Jai Parker, Roger Guenveur Smith, Patti LaBelle and Obba Babatunde, "Cover" tells the story of Ryan Chambers (Leon) who is murdered on New Year's Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis), a church-going homemaker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband (Razaaq Adoti) of 15 years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keeps the family alive as a deadly disease threatens to destroy all that they have known.
Producer Corey Redmond and GPFO executive director Sharon Pinkenson
Husband and DL instigator, Razaaq Adoti
Hot, Sexy Mya, or Mya Harrison as she now wants to be known as
"Cover" is set to open in limited theatrical release this week on February 22. Limited as in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Newark, and Baltimore. (I could have done a lot better on this shot, "the Money Shot", but there was a table in front of her and she wasn't in any mood for me to move her and the poster to a better location. I thought it was all about the promotion of the movie, and she is Mya. Oh well.
I will wait to see the movie on DVD if I see it at all; as Jasmyne A. Cannick ( jasmynecannick.com
) states in News Blaze: '"Cover" tells the typical and for me tired story of the brotha who did the sista wrong. We've been there and seen that before. It doesn't necessarily portray gay men, bisexual men, or men on the downlow in the most positive light, not that you need too to discuss the downlow. But the plot that always includes the sista done wrong is a bit overplayed and does nothing to address the reason why the downlow exists in the first place. Instead, it continues to point the finger of blame while using an all-star cast to keep its audience enthralled." I was hard pressed to find a positive review of this movie, but I did find a clip of it here: http://www.queerty.com/movie-blows-downlow-cover-20080220/ http://loldarian.blogspot.com/2007/05/bill-duke-covers-down-low.html
If you have a printed good review I would be more than happy to link it. I do think the word needs to get out, but maybe a documentary or PSA spots on TV might be a good start. Maybe honest communication, not damnation might go along way.
Labels: Aunjanue Ellis, Clifton Davis, Cover, Film, Mya, Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia, Razaaq Adoti, Screening, Vivica A. Fox