Here at Indies Unchained! we pride ourselves in writing about film, TV, and the festival circuit. It’s easy to criticize and write-off big-name projects and films under the watchful eyes of the men in suits because we can disassociate ourselves quite easily from them. But I find it just a little bit more difficult to scrutinize modern independent films. And I don’t mean Edward Burns’ indie films. I’m talking about the independent films with little to no financing, undiscovered on-screen talent, and passionate filmmakers, who against all odds (financing, actors’s availability, overlapping crew positions, etc) create their ideas into a tangible reality for others to see. The struggles and restrictions are far too many, and as an aspiring writer/director, I understand the limitations.
I had the pleasure of meeting (okay, technically not personally yet) Dwayne “DC” Coles, an independent filmmaker from New York who has set up his own empire in the indie scene. His short, “A Tortured Life,” attracted a lot of attention in NY and featured up-and-coming music artist Daniela “Miss Silawett” Sanchez, Star Davis, and my thesis film protagonist Frances Lozada.
Currently, DC is working on his newest short, which he wrote and directed. P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) is based on a true story from a book by the same name.
With no choice but to find a safety nest in the streets due to her dysfunctional and abusive upbringing, Rachel eventually ventures into a life of high-level crime. She forms a crew with her girlfriends, where they seduce, rob, and then beat men senseless. But her world comes spiraling down when they get involved with a ruthless drug dealer, who sets out to kill each of them. As the sole survivor, Rachel contemplates suicide but is saved by a friend. She later writes the book this short is based on.
Through his company, 5.2 Films, and with the help of his family and friends (especially his producing partner Sanchez), DC set out to tell this amazing story. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the progression of a passion project. Keep an eye out for this film. It’s sure to make an impact in the future.
Stay tuned for more information about this short.