The cast and crew of the producer, director, writer, producing team Christopher C. Odom and Cornelius Booker III share and intimate glimpse behind the making of “23rd Psalm: Redemption”.
“23rd Psalm: Redemption”
(Feature, 72 mins.), Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Entertainment One (2013).
Logline: When a minister and his family are held hostage in his own home by escaped convicts, he must rely upon his faith to deliver his family from harm’s way.
Cast: Tatyana Ali (Stacey Wayne), Clifton Powell (Lester Wayne), Leslie Mills (Rebecca Smith), Jason Burkey (Sam), Mister Jones (Dennis Luther), Markhum Stansbury, Jr. (Reverend John Smith), Madelyn Cline (Maya Smith), Rodrikus Springfield (Rowe).
Awards & Screenings: Winner, 2nd Place, North Carolina Black Film Festival (2013); Berlin Black Cinema International (05/2013); Cannes Pan African Film Festival (04/2013); Cleveland Black Cinema Showcase (04/2013); North Carolina Black Film Festival (03/2013)
The 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHLOE will be streaming LIVE during the Calgary International Film Festival premiere on Saturday the 21st at 9:30pm!You will be able to see the film FREE of Charge during both screenings – the one on the 21st at 9:30pm, and the o…
Film Threat magazine gives CHLOE 3 1/2 Stars! Check it out after the jump:
“Princeton Holt’s The 10 Commandments of Chloe plays out almost like a dream. Musician Chloe (Naama Kates) arrives in Nashville and begins the arduous task of finding a venue willing to give her a spot to perform. Along the way she meets Brandon (Jason Burkey), and the two strike up a friendship that may or may not be something more.
And, roughly, that’s the film. There’s a real naturalistic vibe to the camerawork, that floating style where we feel less like we’re watching a movie and more like we’re just omnisciently following the lives of our characters. What happens in the film isn’t overly dramatic, no huge tragedies befall Chloe or Brandon, the film just navigates their experience.
Which is a vibe that isn’t for everyone. I could see someone seeing this and thinking it’s a film where nothing happens. Well, things happen, and there is a progression made from opening to closing, but it’s more true to the way life works. Which is, we might have small evolutions, or small successes and failures, but it’s not always a resounding arc of character growth where Event A sets off Event and Catharsis B.”
10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHLOE producer/director Princeton Holt wrote a very inspirational guest piece for Film Courage Magazine called ‘How I Was Rejected by Over 35 Festivals and Lived to Tell It.’ Check it out below!
The plan was simple: We made our latest feature film, THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHLOE, on a small budget. The stakes were set up to be low. We would experiment with form. We would experiment with storytelling. We would shoot it with no script, no rehearsals, and no shot list. We would completely self-release, but use traditional promotion avenues like reviews, blogs, interviews and film festivals to spread the word of our release.
My partner in crime in this experiment was Naama Kates, an LA-based artist whom I had cast in my first feature. As producers, she doubled as my lead actress and I doubled as her director. We began discussing this project – this crazy 4 day shoot character piece concept with no safety net – and before we knew it, we were meeting in downtown Nashville, she flying in from LA, me from NY. With no other cast members or crew in mind, we had only ourselves and our DP (and co-producer), Christopher C. Odom, whom I had met only about a month prior.
So why not release the film in the same spirit in which we produced it?
As an indie film producer whose company has experimented with every other possible method of distribution – selling films to distributors, online VOD streaming, DVD pick up deals, and direct-from-website sales – many to varied levels of success, this would be our way of completely bypassing all middlemen and digital-rights aggregators. We would make our film directly available to viewers, and we would completely control our own release. So, we got our film reviewed (mostly positive, thank God), some bloggers wrote about it, and some interviewed us; all we needed was that final festival push where we could “piggy-back” off of their corporate, promotional engines. Simple enough, right?
Read the rest of Princeton’s article HERE.
Our own Cyrus Melchor, who composed the beautiful score for THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHLOE, has released the score’s theme entitled “For Chloe.”
Cyrus Melchor has won both the 2012 CLIO and 2012 AICP awards for ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSING. These are his 2nd wins of both awards (His 1st was in 2007), and 3rd nomination .
Make sure you check out his website, where you can also get some of his music.