Black on Black
About Black on Black
Black on Black is a story set on Chicago’s deadly streets, when it seems every day, every time we open a newspaper or turn on the news, another child has been hit by a random gang bullet.
I’ve been a singer and songwriter for over 30 years; so whenever something like this happens–something happens that really emotionally affects me–I deal with it by writing songs. That’s how my 9/11 Project began, and here I wrote 22 songs based on a story that was forming in my head, a story that needed something more than just music.
This story deserves a full-length feature film.
Black on Black is the story of Porsche, daughter of church pastor James Williams—everybody calls him “Pastor James.” She’s young, idealistic, and dedicated to serving the children of Chicago’s troubled South Side. When gang violence hits close to home, she swears no more of her “children” will fall to street violence.
But it won’t be easy—in fact it’ll be downright deadly, as Porsche, Pastor James, and the other people of good heart at the Urban Community Church must face the evil rooted in the very heart of their community—that has taken root in the Church itself!
And not all of them will survive the encounter.
“Mother Bell” is woman with a dark past who has managed to win the trust of Pastor James and the Church elders to become the Church accountant and Pastor James’ assistant. She has learned of a long-forgotten purchase of land by Pastor James and his wife in the Chicago Loop for the Church years ago when it was near worthless, that has since become worth millions.
And everyone will soon have reason to regret the faith they have placed in “Mother Bell.”
“Bishop” is the Church’s bus driver and mechanic for its small fleet of vehicles; he is also “Mother Bell’s” lackey. He also has affections for Porsche that go beyond anything you’d call “proper” or even “healthy.”
“Big Real” is a successful entrepreneur and civic leader. He is also a notorious criminal Kingpin that has somehow never been convicted of any serious charge.
“Gutter” and “Trouble” are incestuous, sexually omnivorous half-brothers, murderous street thugs, psychotic hit men. When “Big Real” wants to eliminate the competition, he calls them in.
The “Kat in the Hat” is a humble street vendor working the Church’s neighborhood. The very day the Church is rocked by a sex abuse scandal, he recognizes “Mother Bell” from his own past. That recognition may cost him his life.
And of course, we have a love story (of sorts): Craig and Layla, two teens in the Urban Community Church youth program.
But in the ghetto young love often has life-destroying consequences—and even if they avoid the pitfalls of becoming parents too soon, will the violent streets allow them the luxury of a future to wait for?
Chicago Police Detectives Warren Andrews and Anne Belinsky have the thankless job of bringing some Law and Order to these streets; but does the Street have its own brand of rough justice?
And a whole community of others, black, white, and other, young and old, rich and poor, good and bad, trying to get through their lives as best they can.
Because bullets don’t discriminate.
Where We Go From Here
UPDATE: I had planned to launch the Indiegogo campaign to coincide with the release of the novel Monday, but I decided to hold off until we could get more publicity, and do at least one radio interview.
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I first created Black on Black as a screenplay—perhaps “scriptment” would be a better term (James Cameron loves these), just to flesh out the story—until my buddy and partner Tony suggested it would also work as a novel. So I rewrote it as a novel and starting January 6, 2014 it’ll be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and right here on Lions Quarter.com.
I haven’t given up wanting to bring Black on Black to the screen, however.
Our immediate goal for this movie is to finish a proper screenplay and script treatment, and to secure sufficient funds though crowdfunding, investor financing, or both to at least move on to pre-production. With an absolute bare-bones budget we’ll need $225,000 to complete the movie—naturally, a larger budget would allow us to attract more experienced talent, resulting in a more marketable product.
Right now we’re setting up for a crowdfunding campaign to raise $25,000 to develop Black on Black further. It’ll have one of Hollywood’s favorite stars—and I’m not taking “no” as an answer. No matter who else stars in Black on Black the movie, she’ll be starring one of Hollywood’s favorites—the City of Chicago herself!
Not just because Black on Black is set in Chicago, but because Chicago’s got an energy and personality like no other city—no wonder Hollywood loves to film here!