Filmmaker and Former Gang Member Terrance Davis Follows Success of First Film with Exclusive New Look Inside Gangs in “Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina”

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Following the distribution deal and success of his first film South Carolina Drugwars (available in WalMart, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and others), filmmaker and former gang member Terrance Davis is preparing his new film, Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina, for inclusion in the 2013 festival circuit. Colors is a gritty documentary that features exclusive footage of four real gang leaders in South Carolina, the state ranked #1 in the country for violent crime.

Colors: Bangin' In South Carolina

Colors: Bangin' In South Carolina

As a former gang member myself, I had access to things very few filmmakers could possibly ever see. As a result, my new film is able to depict the quest of power, money, and respect that turns wholesome teens into gang members.

Following the distribution deal and success of his first film South Carolina Drugwars (available in WalMart, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and others), filmmaker and former gang member Terrance Davis is preparing his new film, Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina, for inclusion in the 2013 festival circuit. Colors is a gritty documentary that features exclusive footage of four real gang leaders in South Carolina, the state ranked #1 in the country for violent crime. Davis is crowdfunding the post-production of the new film on popular site ClickStartMe.

“As a former gang member myself, I had access to things very few filmmakers could possibly ever see,” Davis said. “As a result, my new film is able to depict the quest of power, money, and respect that turns wholesome teens into gang members.”

For example, Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina chronicles the contrasting stories of a 22 year-old Blood leader who was shot and is now in a wheelchair, but continues to remain “a Blood for life” and the saga of a middle-class suburban youth who left that comfort zone to become a Crip, and has now been jailed three times for shooting other gang members, with stories of redemption such as a Gangster Disciples leader who, after years menacing society, started his own business and currently is a guest speaker at South Carolina churches. The movie offers never-before-seen footage of active gang member testimonials as well as interviews with the newly formed police agencies that were created to stop the gang warfare.

Davis was born and raised in Columbia, SC to a single mother and ran with a gang for many years before changing his life and deciding to go to college. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with a degree in Mass Communications, Davis was accepted into the graduate school film program at New York Institute of Technology. Davis released several YouTube videos chronicling his former life as a gang member and garnered millions of views which led to a distribution deal for his first film, South Carolina Drugwars. Davis also has received fiscal sponsorship from From the Heart Productions, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society," helmed by respected founder, author and entrepreneur Carole Dean.

Davis has assembled an impressive team for the post-production including Jerry Vasilatos, an accomplished editor with more than 20 years of experience, whose first film, Solstice, was broadcasted nationally on the Lifetime network, and who recently edited the History Channel television series Gangland. Davis has also enlisted the help of Jae IL Son, an animator who has worked on projects with clients such as Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Ralph Lauren, Nickelodeon, CBS, Pfizer, and Hallmark. Colors will be scored by Carlos Delgado Arjona, a composer and classical guitarist from Spain who has scored commercial advertisements for Honda, Revlon, and Nestle.

Davis turned to crowdfunding with his ClickStartMe project to not only complete funding for the film, but also to build some buzz for Colors leading into the film festival season. “Being able to not only get support from people but also to let them be a part of this movie means a lot,” Davis says. “Society has given me a second chance and I want to help as many people as possible be a part of what I am doing with the redemption I have been blessed to have.” Davis says that supporters can contribute to his crowdfunding project by visiting this link and also asks people to spread the word about, Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina, by sharing the link.

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