One of my favorite feature films from the festival circuit will be released on DVD next week and you might want to check this one out.
The award-winning "I'm Through with White Girls" is an engaging romantic comedy written, directed and produced by black women. It's about an eclectic brother named Jay Brooks (Anthony Montgomery), who's into indie rock and graphic novels and other things that are not exactly chick magnets for men of any race. When we meet Jay he's totally flat-lining because he's not having much luck with the ladies--all of whom were white--and he can't get any dap from the sisters either because he's like car-less in L.A.
What's a brother to do? Go on a mission!
In an effort to find the perfect woman Jay embarks on "Operation Brown Sugar." Just as it's looking like his plan is going to go bust, Jay hooks up with a biracial sister (Lia Johnson), who also follows a different drummer. It's hard to get in sync though when the beats down exactly match up.
Naturally, because interracial dating is still kind of a hot button issue in some parts of America, there is an underlying message in "White Girls" and it's not all about skin color.
See if you can catch it and get back to me.
The film, which won best feature at the Urban Mediamakers, Martha's Vineyard, Roxbury, Hollywood and Pan African Cannes film festivals also stars: Lamann Rucker ("Why Did I Get Married?"), Esther Scott ("Pursuit of Happyness") and Kellee Stewart ("My Boys"). The DVD includes commentary from director Jennifer Sharp and actress/producer Lia Johnson, deleted scenes, Rucker's audition tape and a cute little featurette on how to make dreadlocks.