|BULLETS OVER BROWNSVILLE |
Imagine a place where life is held with little regard, where dreams die young and innocence is forever lost, where drugs are accessible like corner store candy and kids are forced to grow up way before their time. A place where a typical Exit sign can be a symbol for hope and freedom. This is a neighborhood portrayed as a microcosmic reflection of life buried deep in the belly of the beast. This is Brownsville. An anthology of four parallel stories set in one of the most notorious neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. This disturbing, gritty tale chronicles the lives of four characters who converge in this rough neighborhood. linked by situations that will forever change their lives. This is a place where life is lived short and fast...and any day can be your last.
Natural Langdon is native to the Brownsville Housing Projects, in Brooklyn New York. He realized at a very young age that he was destined for more than what his environment offered, and was determined almost immediately to cultivate his creative instincts. His determination fused with life experiences helped to nurture Natural's spirit and strengthen his faith, which he accredits for allowing him to easily step out of his comfort zone and create his own path in the film industry. Damon Diddit is native to Brownsville and East New York. Damon realized his destiny in elementary school when he discovered his passion for expressing himself visually. Damon's intrigue of self-expression and his knack for creating art from the intangible is what motivates him to deviate from the norm and set his own standards for filmmaking. Natural Langdon and Damon Diddit joined forces in 1995 to create Openmindz LLC. Damon and Natural recognized early on that they shared the same unrefined enthusiasm for showcasing various perspectives of life through film and media. They were determined to entertain, create awareness and inspire change through their works. Damon and Natural completed their first feature film ‘Identity' in 1997, released by Openmindz. ‘Identity' earned several eminent awards from the New York Independent Film Festival, the South Bronx Film Festival, and the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame. They went on to successfully create, direct, and produce the documentary ‘Brownsville Troopers' and the open forum ‘Quest: A Woman's Journey' in 1999 and 2001 respectively. In 2005 Openmindz presented its first feature film ‘Process of Elimination' which was released on DVD and is currently in distribution by Image Entertainment. Openmindz has also solidified its prominence internationally, documenting on the life and culture in several countries including Morocco, Brazil, London and Spain.