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Film Maker’s Trials

I am a writer-producer-artist who also happens to be a black woman. I am producing a feature film that is family fare with loving relationships, dancing, music, Santa Claus, a kidnaping, a car chase and flashbacks to Los Angeles when it was a jazz Mecca. Sixty percent of the cast and crew are black or other minorities.

Here’s what the financiers and distributors have suggested:

--That I make it an all-white film.

--That I fire myself and all black crew members.

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--That I get “black money.” (What’s that?)

--That I change the script so that it’s about sex, violence and prostitution.

Are there any real people out there with both integrity and financial means?

RANI JOSEPHINE DE CASTILLE

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