WATCH: Trailer for "MARZ," Upcoming Hip-Hop Version of "Moonlight"

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    Directed by five-time Emmy Award winner, Bobby Yan, this short film “MARZ” tells the story of childhood friends exploring their sexuality and dealing with the fallout of emotion and confusion. The film is not necessarily inspired by “la La Land”…uh sorry, we mean “Moonlight,” however its striking cinematography and familiar themes definitely give us that vibe.

    The film stars a personal favorite of mine, Jade Yorker (Gridiron Gang), a very handsome and underrated actor that hasn’t had the career his talents deserve.

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    Looks like we missed the screening and panel discussion held in Atlanta back in February, so if anyone has seen the film, please share your opinion.

    My fear is that the short film dwells in melodrama and stereotypes of “down low” men. This is often what we see when filmmakers explore homosexuality in the realm of Hip Hop music.

    THE FILM
    A childhood friendship is put to the test after a life changing encounter stirs up uncomfortable feelings and emotions that neither are equipped to answer.

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    Chris Mars, an aspiring rapper poised for success, appears to have it all – a hot track on the streets, a beautiful girlfriend, and most importantly, the loyalty and camaraderie of his longtime childhood buddy, Mel, a tough street gangster type with a not so clean past. Losing his father at a young age, Mel, three years his senior, serves as a surrogate brother and father figure to Chris. It’s a bond that could never be broken, or at least not until one fateful night that changes Chris’s life forever.


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    Sigh..the clip promo & its visuals seem very compelling, but im personally just sick of this same foundational narrative in the approach of black male same sexuality. Denial & suppression are powerful in human beings (which lead to these type happenings & stories) but there are so many unexplored avenues that have yet to be fleshed out and displayed. Like an established, non-confused relationship between two very masculine blk male types. How do they interact socially? Intimately? Establish a domestic life & family? How would family and females play into that dynamic? Maybe one of them becomes super famous..how would that play out in such a relationship? #takemehigher
     
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    I do agree this seems to fall into the same gay/bisexual, urban, dl, black male tropes that have been in media since the 2000s. There very little here I find compelling even though it looks very slick and well shot. It just feels like I've seen this movie before and I haven't even seen it yet. It would be great if we could move beyond this story.
     
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    Looked interesting. One of the guys, don't know his name was on a show called Tough Love that I liked.
     
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    I'm tired of seeing DL "growing up on the streets" movies, make a movie about happier gay black men, who overcome their issues and isn't all sad and depressing.
     
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    this might be a chicken or the egg issue. many ppl have never seen "masculine", proud and happy gay black men, so the concept might not enter many creators' imagination as a possibility for a character. does the movie idea need to come first or must we see more real life examples first? i don't have an answer to this question, but it's certainly one we should be asking. either way, i just know the blame cannot rest entirely on movie makers.

    p.s. -- this movie does not belong in the same conversation as moonlight. categorizing moonlight as a DL story would be a very superficial read of a nuanced storyline. i dunno what this movie thinks it's doing. looks like a film airing on BET's arabesque film series to me.

     
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