A Movie To Watch Out For - 'Destination Planet Negro'
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A Movie To Watch Out For - 'Destination Planet Negro'


It’s called Destination

Planet Negro by writer, director and co-star Kevin Willmott (who previously made the satirical C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and teaches filmmaking at the University

of Kansas).

It made its premiere in February, and is continuing to travel the film festival circuit. It’s

a genuinely laugh out loud, funny, and very clever spoof that, at times, approaches

the manic heights of In Living Color

during its heyday.

The premise itself is very original: a group of

black leaders, including even W.E.B

DuBois, during the 1930’s, gather together for a secret meeting to

discuss the “Negro Problem” in America.

They decide that the only real solution is for black

people to not only leave America, but this planet altogether, and, with the

help of George Washington Carver, build

a rocket ship to take an exploratory group to Mars, to check out the possibility of

such a bold undertaking.

But as in all sci-fi movies, something goes wrong, and the

three explorers wind up in present day America, to their befuddlement (For

example in one scene, they see a black

man with sagging jeans below his posterior, and speculate that black people in

the future are so malnourished that their clothes are falling off them. And

when explained to them who President Obama

is, the shock is too great for them with one of them promptly passing out).

The first 30 minutes of the film are done in a campy 1950’s black and white sci-fi style, with appropriately cheesy music and special effects, while the scenes in present day America are

shot in color and directed in a more natural, contemporary style, which is all even more

impressive considering that, because of the film’s restrictive budget, it took

Willmont an entire year to shoot the film, filming only a few scenes at a time.

All the leads are terrific in their roles, giving the film the right

tongue in cheek comic touch – never too broad or with any self-conscious winking

at the camera.

Hopefully the film will make it to your neck of the words, or

will get a theatrical and VOD/DVD distribution deal, but it’s a truly charming and funny film that makes some genuinely real and honest observations

about the mindset and attitudes of Black Americans today.

Here’s the trailer:

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