Two budding filmmakers hope their seriously gritty documentary can make a difference.
As Evans' interviewing skills improved, he wanted to get deeper with his subjects. That's when he found Brandon Angel, a Temple film student--turned advertising major from Albuquerque, N.M.
Though Angel had a property management/investment business, his passion for the neighborhoods was equal to Evans'. So armed only with only a Panasonic camera and Angel's postproduction skills--and the help of Hykeim Young, 21, eho worked on titles and Raynell Jones, 20, who assisted with editing and music--Evans finished Philadelphia Homicide City in a year.
"A lot of people out in the neighborhoods point fingers," Evans says. "There are good cops. But in the movie you can see that most Philly cops don't understand the streets they way they should. We're just saying that in the 'hood, if there's 20 people on the corner and we can get 10 to do construction or something, that's 10 people off that corner."
Evans says several of the subjects interviewed in Philadelphia Homicide City are now dead and others have been incarcerated. "If the cops won't help us," Evans says, "we need to help ourselves."
The release date for "Philadelphia Homicide City" is Sept. 26. DVDs are available at philadelphiathemovie.com. A small theatrical release is also in the works.
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