‘King Blvd’ Short Film Looks at Reasons Why MLK Streets are Located in Bad Areas
New short film aims to identify the reasons for this trend and how the areas can be revived
Los Angeles, CA (PRUnderground) January 22nd, 2019
As it stands, there are more than 900 streets across the country named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and of those streets, many are located in blighted neighborhoods. It’s such a common trend that comedians such as Chris Rock have poked fun at the issue, but an upcoming short film ponders the reasons for this trend. In ‘King Blvd’, audiences will see how this issue might be a reflection of American social, racial, and economic issues.
‘King Blvd’ is being brought to life by Los Angeles filmmaker Earl Hardy, Blue Angel Entertainment, and numerous other creatives, who recently launched a Seed&Spark campaign to raise capital needed to complete production of the short film.
“As a young man growing up in Detroit, Michigan, I noticed our MLK street didn’t reflect the world-changing leader I learned about in school,” said Hardy. “Once I began to visit other places and research other cities throughout the USA I realized this wasn’t isolated to just Detroit.”
In ‘King Blvd’, Hardy and his team take a closer look into this unique phenomena with undertones of social comedy to highlight the reasons why so many streets are struggling. Then, the film goes on to offer strategies that could help revive these areas.
The Seed&Spark campaign aims to raise $5,000 for production, and more than $1,000 has been raised at this time.
‘King Blvd’ comes from the same team who created films such as ‘Birth of a Nation’, ‘Lu’, ‘Philharmonic’, and ‘Beyond the Shield’. Now, they hope to share a new message with audiences.
The creative team behind ‘King Blvd’ includes Grammy, Stellar, and Dove award winning artist Derek Minor, who is highly regarded for his hip-hop vocals and music production. Another member of the team is award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer Korstiaan Vandiver, who worked exclusively on ‘Birth of a Nation’.
Creatives from Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, and other cities are coming together for ‘King Blvd’ to offer a glimpse into MLK streets across the country that are currently underdeveloped and underrepresented. After the release of the short film, a full-length feature film version will go into development. A full video detailing ‘King Blvd’ has just been released. More information about ‘King Blvd’ can be found at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/kingblvdshortfilm.
About ‘King Blvd’
‘King Blvd’ is an upcoming social comedy that takes a look at the reasons for MLK streets being situated in blighted neighborhoods and what can be done to revive those areas.