Nothing screams horror like the ongoing effects of gentrification happening in our borough. The loss of community, culture and the displacement of families should sure raise a few arm hairs.
Brooklyn-based filmmaker Xavier Coleman launched a Kickstarter campaign for his horror project, White Knuckle. The film-in-progress follows three young adults who move into Bed-Stuy, an historically Black neighborhood dealing with rapid gentrification — and a mysterious string of brutal murders conducted by a serial killer begins targeting gentrifiers, Fader documents. The young adults must band together and attempt to determine the murderer’s identity, before they’re next.
Coleman states he was moved to create the film after moving to Bed-Stuy during the time gentrification had started to take-off. “By the time I arrived to the neighborhood — part of a larger area known as “Brownstone Brooklyn” by early gentrifiers — I noticed that although there was still some sense of community and black cultural significance, for the most part it seemed to be fading away,” Coleman explains in the film’s campaign video.
“One of the main reasons we’re passionate about this project is because our filmmaking team is comprised of mostly women and people of color, two demographics which are rare in the filmmaking industry and we’d love to encourage more of,” Coleman states on his campaign page. “This is especially true for the horror and thriller genres. And, for this same reason, we’re compelled and excited to portray honest and complex female and minority characters in front of the camera.”
Coleman, who has currently raised just over $9K of a $28.5K goal, hopes the film would be fully funded by the campaign deadline Wednesday, November 23, and be ready for release in April 2017. To find out more and donate click here.