Friday, February 22, 2008

"COVER" Screening Philadelphia - I appreciate that they chose to shoot the film in Philly, but it stops there

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 ( 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: 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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

this movie was excellent. it seems that from reading the reviews, people are trying to twist a positive message into something else.

its not blaming anyone, its just telling a story but the husband in the movie did put his wife at risk for not using condoms. IT HAPPENS SO HOW CAN IT BE A FORM OF BLAXPLOITATION AS I READ ON ANOTHER ARTICLE. i mean seriously people.

get a grip. we all need to be protected. use protection. simple as that.

2/22/2008 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Christian gay man I felt the movie depicted me as an abomination that was going straight to hell. I was very uncomfortable watching it. I don't do the DL, and I disagree with it, audultery in any form is wrong, but with one sweeping generalization I was condemned too.

2/22/2008 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dow Low phenomenon is as old as mankind. Bisexuality and homosexuality are a part of human sexuality. They have always existed. God did not make everybody the same. His creation is a rainbow. There are white, brown, black, yellow, red people. There are people who are totally heterosexual. There are those who are totally homosexual. And there are those who enjoy both sexes. This has been the way it is since the creation of mankind. Woman and men should choose a life partner based on other criteria not just sexual orientation. Because one never truly knows the sexual inclination and/or desires of their mates. Sexuality is not static but a dynamic process. The true nature of people is bi-sexuality. However, the stigma attached to homosexuality and bisexuality has resulted in sexual hysteria. Sexual hysteria has kept many men and women in the closet which has helped to spread diseases and perpetuate distrust, heartache and most unfortunately demonizes persons who act to fulfil their natural sexual urges. In order to alleviate the suffering perpetuated by misconceived notions about human sexuality, we must understand and accept man's sexual nature.

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