One-take thriller exploring police brutality to be developed into feature-length film
'Piece' from Black filmmaker Frantzy Moreau was selected for Micheaux, Miami film festivals
By: Frantzy Moreau
This is the message delivered in a powerful new film by Haitian-American filmmaker Frantzy Moreau, who uses the metaphor of chess to explore the police brutality and racial injustice often perpetrated against BIPOC communities.
Piece is a short, one-take film developed as a proof of concept Moreau hopes to turn into a feature-length film. The movie presents the story of two young men coerced into completing a dangerous task in a Miami community steeped in racial tension. Cousins Cootie and Pinch are recruited to recover notorious criminal Malloy's gun from a local diner. Once the two cousins arrive at the restaurant, they find that the gun is missing as the diner is full of patrons. Now they must figure out who took the gun and return it to Malloy or face deadly consequences.
Piece, "A Frantzy Film" written, directed, and produced by Moreau, was co-produced by Myriam Germain, Randall Batinkoff, and Eric Mabius.
The film was selected for the Micheaux Film Festival, where it will have its Los Angeles debut after premiering at the Miami Film Festival in March. At Micheaux, Piece has received five award nominations.
Frantzy Moreau is an award-winning director, writer, and filmmaker born and raised in Miami. Though he couldn't afford to attend film school, he channeled his perseverance and tenacity into teaching himself filmmaking through research at his local Miami-Dade libraries.
Today, he is best known for his award-winning short films "New Normal," "In A Lifetime," and "Try Again." His work was officially selected for the 2020 Miami Film Festival, the 2019 BronzeLens Film Festival, the Oxford Film Festival, and others. His critically acclaimed series "What's More Important?" aired on PBS, with streaming on Black & Sexy TV and YouTube.
Piece explores the psychological nuance and behaviors of people living everyday lives side-by-side in an unjust world. The film juxtaposes the abuses of police authority while giving voice to the humans behind the badge and the communities they serve.
"Never underestimate any piece in the game," Moreau said. "I wanted to illustrate the current state of our world and its ongoing mistreatment of minorities, particularly Black people, and what can potentially result when tired, brittle, and battered souls are pushed too far to the edge. As I try to show through the metaphor of chess, every piece matters. Even a pawn can kill a king."
View a trailer for Piece at https://youtu.be/
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