Indie Soul Movie Spotlight: Filmmaker Mark Harris
Phinesse Demps | 1/15/2015, noon
Many independent artists are so caught up with trying to make the big time they sell themselves short all for fame and the almighty dollar. In the case of Mark Harris, writer, producer and filmmaker, his approach is to keep control of his brand, vision, and product when it comes to distribution of his films.
Harris has gravitated to streaming movies through Netflix to an ever-growing market looking for films geared toward a black audience. Actors like Christian Keyes; Gabrielle Dennis; Darrin Henson; Lamman Rucker; Sheree Bynum; Tamala Jones and many others have been cast in Harris’s films. Harris is giving black actors a platform to seen and voice to be heard. Mark Harris is one to keep an eye on.
In his latest film, “Black Coffee” (2014), Robert (Darrin Henson) picked the wrong time to meet his soulmate. After being fired from his father's company, he feels like his luck has run out until Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis) enters his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan's ex-husband (Lamman Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert's gold-digging ex-girlfriend (Erica Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own. With the help of his cousin (Christian Keyes), Robert's about to find out how much good can come out of a bad situation in this charming romantic comedy that's good to the last drop. This is a good clean film that is perfect for a date night with that someone special and delivers a great message about relations, love, respect, and honor. Check it out on Netflix or where independent films are sold. As always our Facebook Page, The Baltimore Times, has a trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Other films by Mark Harris: Showstoppers, I Used To Love Her, and Black Butterfly. For more on Harris: www.facebook.com/MH1555Filmworks