- presented by ActNow Foundation’s New Voices in Black Cinema and Creatively Speaking -
Long before the success of the short film, The Tombs…
Many years before the hit independent film Blackout which would boast an ensemble that included, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Latanya Richardson-Jackson, Michael B. Jordan and a host of other NYC notables.
And before Nora’s Hair Salon…
There was Amour Infinity
Jerry Lamothe’s debut film, Amour Infinity (A Brooklyn Love Story) was shot in 2000.
In the movie, the odds are stacked up against Derek, a young East Flatbush, Brooklyn man (Jerry Lamothe). He’s lost his job and his girlfriend of five years and the mother of his child just left him as well. Seeing no end to his streak of bad luck, he almost gives up until he stumbles across Amour (Jamie Burton-Oare), an old friend from high school. From then on, this urban tale of street life, hardships, and love begins to take shape. But as he attempts to prioritize fatherhood, love, loyalty, a son, and a secret, what will each cost him?
Shot on a single DV camera (Canon XL1) for $45,000, Amour Infinity is regarded by many as an underground cult classic. Inspired by a trip to ABFF (then known as the Acapulco Black Film Festival 1999) where he attended the actors boot camp ran by Bill Duke and Robert Townsend, Lamothe returned home to Brooklyn, where he would write, produce, direct and star in the film.
At a time when DV was frowned upon amongst the upper tier film festivals (35mm still ruled), the film was found ineligible to screen at some festivals, AFTER already being accepted. Today, over 95% of film submissions around the world are digital.
Despite these obstacles, the film is now celebrating its 13-year anniversary and continues to find an audience. It film premiered to a sold out crowd at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2000 and would win several film festival awards, experience a limited engagement in theaters, including a 2–day run at BAMcinématek courtesy of ABFF’s Film Life and air on several television networks, including ABC and TVOne.
Amour Infinity serves as a perfect case study and confirmation, that even with limited resources, through perseverance and commitment, filmmakers today have more than enough tools needed to make a movie.
Lamothe is currently in pre-production on his 5th feature film, The Promise Keeper.
There will be a post-8pm screening Q&A with director Jerry Lamothe and other special guests
4pm and 8pm
MIST HARLEM – 46 West 116th Street in Harlem NYC
(drink specials for ticket holders ONLY from 6pm-8pm)
tix available HERE
This special presentation of Amour Infinity is produced by ActNow Foundation and Creatively Speaking