Friday, May 17, 2013

Interview: Jerry LaMothe talks 'Amour Infinity' on INDIEwire

Haitian director Jerry LaMothe has crafted a distinguished career as a filmmaker that can speak for the unspoken, most notably for the people 'around the way' like in his home neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, while still maintaining an entertaining and clear vision of how he sees the world. We caught up with him in advance of this Thursday's anniversary screening of his debut film AMOUR INFINITY that takes place at New York's own MIST Harlem at 4pm and 8pm, to chat about what it took to make his first film and what keeps him going.

For those perhaps more familiar with LaMothe's latest award-winning work The Tombs but not his earlier films, AMOUR INFINITY (A Brooklyn Love Story) is an urban tale of street life, hardship, and love. It revolves around Derek, a young East Flatbush, Brooklyn man (played by Lamothe) who has lost his job and the mother of his child just left him as well. He almost gives up on happiness until he stumbles across Amour (Jamie Burton-Oare), an old friend from high school, and their friendship blossoms into a love neither has ever experienced before. But as he attempts to juggle fatherhood, love, loyalty, a son, and a secret, what will each cost him?

In celebration of LaMothe's career and his big new international production The Promise Keeper starring Jamie Hector ('The Wire'), S. Epatha Merkerson (Peeples), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Toussaint L'ouverture), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight) and Edwidge Danticat (Stones in the Sun) [see more info on it below] New Voices in Black Cinema and the Creatively Speaking Film Series are collaborating to present Amour Infinity on the big screen to audiences for the first time in close to a decade.

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