This week’s episode of Day 1 Radio features two men behind a short film that is bound to strike up plenty of conversations once it’s shown to the masses. The film’s writer and producer Coffey and actor Nashawn Kearse stopped by to talk about About the People, a short film that can best be described as a fly-on-the-wall view of the conversation that Black people in America have after each police shooting or any other injustice African-Americans almost exclusively experience. Coffey and Kearse share what it’s been like touring the festival circuit, creating the film and what they hope viewers walk away with after watching.
1:15 – About the People got a standing ovation at a Martha’s Vineyards film festival. But Coffee admits that the applause was hard to enjoy given that many of the issues talked about in the film continue to happen.
4:00 – Nashawn talks about why he chose to take this role and Coffey speaks on the reactions he got from the rest of the cast when they first read the script. Nashawn calls it “our version of ’12 Angry Men.’
6:00 – The emotions ran very high on the set. Nashawn describes it as “raw.” Coffey talks about how this high-powered cast came together.
13:30 – About the People left no stones unturned as they talked about some rarely spoken about realities from the Civil Rights movement and how that impacted future generations.
17:00 – Coffey admits that while most of the feedback on the film has been positive, not every film festival has been willing to show it.
22:00 – The guest and the hosts share their thoughts on recent events including Eric Garner’s killer Daniel Pantaleo getting six-figure GoFundMe donations and the NYPD Sergeant who oversaw him only getting punished by losing vacation days.
35:30 – Nashawn and Coffey share their aspirations for the film and hopes it gives people ideas.
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