Reel Black Men - 2007 Program


Blu Fox - Writer / Director
Born and raised in the small town of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Blu Fox always had a knack for entertaining. By the age of 12 Blu was writing, directing, producing, and acting in school plays, and continued to be a creative force throughout high school. At 17, he received a scholarship to the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts where he notably enhanced and further developed his passion for entertainment.

In 2000, Blu decided to leave North Carolina to pursue God's will on his life, filmmaking. Arriving in Hollywood, he immediately began working as an actor in various commercials and independent films, and appeared on hit television shows
such as NYPD Blue, Boomtown, and General Hospital. He quickly realized there was a need for quality character driven films and stories that depicted real life. So, he decided to write, direct, and executive produce his own films.

prey The Gift a.d. - 11 Min.
Some decisions may cause you your life.
The Gift is based on a harsh but true story revolving around a severely scarred, Adam Jacob. A product of generational behavior turns him into the thing that demoralized him as a youth. Through his tragic scars he loses all hope and finds his refuge in the gift.

James Hurd Jr. - Co - Writer / Director
Dr. Linda Bannister - Co - Writer

James E. Hurd, Jr. was raised in Wewahitchka, Florida, and began his theatre work at Florida State University and Florida A&M, where he starred in "The Mighty Gents" and "Room Beneath the Blues." His leading role L.A. stage work includes "Sentence of Silence," "No Longer an Alien," "Living on the Edge," "The Split," "Room 1222," (which he also wrote and directed in workshop), "Peeled" and "Speaking of Charlie," which opened at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles in October 2005. Hurd recently completed the feature films Columbus Day, Jive Chicken, Duplicator, Red Herring, Able Edwards, Compton Cowboy and Consignment. He appeared in episodes of "General Hospital" and "Murder She Wrote," and he starred in the film "Repo Jake." His film debut was in "Something Wild" with Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels.


Poet of the Swingin' Blade - 24 Min.
The story of one raucous Saturday night in the lives of Black Turpentine Workers enslaved under debt peonage in the pine forests of the Florida Panhandle, 1937. Turpentiners often became Runaways, seeking to escape their oppressed circumstances in any way possible, sometimes even in death. "Poet" tells the story of three Black men who "fled" the turpentine camps: The Runaway, on foot, with the aid of the Woods Witch; Jake, through his stories and with the help of a White boy; and Tush, killed in a skin game.



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