This film was deemed "Too Hot For Hollywood"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) December 23, 2011
East of Overtown is based on the Liberty City riots in Miami in the 1990’s. The history of Overtown is rich in black culture. Over the years, Overtown changed, and one day in the early 90’s, it radically changed forever. East of Overtown is based on the true story of that day a police officer shot and killed a black motorcyclist which sparked violence and civil disturbance.
Erin Cosby, daughter of Bill Cosby, stars as Alexis Payne, a reporter from New York who had gone to Overtown to investigate a string of killings of black civilians under suspicious circumstances.
The film was written and directed by Timothy Hodges, who also wrote and directed the off Broadway musical play “Black In Time” which is also being released on DVD.
In the early 90’s as the film was being shot on location in South Florida, it sparked major concerns. A producer of the movie was actually subpoenaed to appear in court. Behind the scenes and the movie cameras were some people who had fears that the movie could cause further division and create more tension in a community that had already seen its share of trouble. Despite constant pressure to change the script, producers stayed true to the original story.
On the DVD is the original footage that has never been seen until now. At one time it was said East of Overtown was too hot for Hollywood to touch. Now these raw, powerful scenes that were deemed too controversial have been released on DVD including multiple cuts of the raw footage, the theatrical trailer and a behind the scenes video.
Interviews with the cast and director are available.
Vision Entertainment Group, Inc.
Timothy Hodges – 863-214-7774