Dante James and his writing partner Carl Kenny recently completed LEGACY, a script for a series pilot: With conflicting interpretations of race, class, sexuality and Black culture, the matriarch of a revered Black family pushes her children to keep her late husband's legacy and church alive while also maintaining profitability and respectability at the Black theatre company he founded.
In the tradition of THE DOLL, DMD Films, LLC is currently developing a series of dramatic short films based on classic short stories by African American writers. Concern regarding negative, shallow stereotype images of African Americans, under appreciation for the African American short story as an art form and a reflection of the complexity of the Black America experience will be addressed by this project.
Dante James and DMD Films, LLC has plans to make another film based on the work of Charles W. Chesnutt. He is currently seeking financing for a film based on Chesnutt's novel THE MARROW OF TRADITION. Published in 1901 the novel is a fictional retelling of the rise of the white supremacist movement and subsequent race riot or rebellion against black citizens in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898.
A documentary featuring the photography of Lindeka Qampi, a resident of Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town, South Africa. Qampi's photographs explore the humanity, dignity, and artistry of life in Khayelitsha in the midst of poverty, oppression and exploitation.
DMD Films, LLC and Rev. Carl W. Kenney are developing an independent feature documentary "God of the Oppressed." Through the stories of Bishop Henry McNeil Turner, Howard Thurman, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Traci Blackmon and others the film will explore the history and relevance of Black Liberation and Womanist Theology. These stories, and characters place in context the scholarship of James Cone, who exhorted in his books Black Liberation and Black Power and God of the Oppressed, "Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not a Christ's message. Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not a Christian theology."