From Felonies to Films: Gritty New Indie Film Blood First Brings Street Life to the Big Screen
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PRLog - Feb. 6, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Olufemi Young, founder and president of O.Y.’s Spotlite Entertainment, was barely in his 20's when he was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for drug related crimes. With nothing but time on his hands, Olufemi studied, learned to speak several languages and listened to the stories of the men around him. There was a common theme among many of their stories, they'd all made terrible mistakes in their lives that they regretted and many had been betrayed by people they'd known all of their lives who ultimately helped to put them in prison. "It's crazy," Olufemi says, "you’d meet a guy who's 19 yrs. old and sentenced to 40 years in prison for drugs and the kingpin of the operation is out in 15 months because he snitched on his employees!" It was in those moments that he began thinking about making a movie about the stories he’d heard, as well as his own experiences, and contacted his sister, Najaa Young, who'd founded NaRa Films with Rasheed Jihad. Together, they crafted Blood First, a gritty urban drama centered on the themes of loyalty, honor, crime and betrayal.
Filmed on location in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Blood First chronicles the lives of two brothers who haphazardly follow their father's footsteps into a dangerous life of crime and violence. When faced with serving lengthy prison sentences for their crimes one brother chooses to cooperate with the prosecution while the other does not, testing the meaning of loyalty, honor and blood. The film’s non-linear storytelling fluidly mixes the past with the present as audiences experience what events occurred in their lives to make these men who they are today.
Blood First, which is slated for release in 2014, boasts a powerful score by multiplatinum music producer Drumma Boy and original music by Project Pat, Big KRIT, Turk (of the Hot Boyz), 8 Ball, MJG, Akil Esoon and Emanuel “Manny” DeAnda (former lead singer of Pretty Ricky). Blood First has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClLwiK0tn_Y&feature=yo... and learn more about the film here: www.BloodFirstTheMovie.com.