King and Brown Enterprises will host a screening of their film, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” at the Cypress District Center, 901 Como Street, in Sulphur Springs on Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 and the production company asks the audience to bring canned goods for the homeless.
According to the company’s press release, the film is “the story of Darius and Josey Blackmon, a couple in their 30s struggling to keep their family safe after their fall from the middle class froces them and their two children to live in their car. Darius’ once unshakable faith, in himself and God, is beginning to fall apart. ... Darius and his family try to keep up appearances during the day and stay out of sight at night, all while holding on to one another in a hidden America.”
Sulphur Springs resident Eric King and his business partner, Michael Brown, who lives in Rockwall, shot the movie in Dallas after Brown encountered a homeless couple at a hospital. They wouldn’t tell him their names, refused his offer of help, but asked him to tell their story.
King agreed to answer a few questions about his background, the film and the issue of homelessness in America.
News-Telegram: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Eric King: I am from Dayton,Texas. I played high school football, and was selected all-district running back and linebacker two years in a row. I was awarded a scholarship to Kilgore Junior College, but decided to walk on to Tarleton State Univeristy. I have lived in Sulphur Springs for the past seven years. I have worked at Pepsi for 18 years.
N-T: What are your ties to Hopkins County?
EK: My wife, Andrea Denise Wright, is from Sulphur Springs. She is the daughter of Harold Wright and Dorothy Wright and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1996.
N-T: What is your film background?.
EK: I am co-owner and President of Poorchild Films. I really wasn’t interested in filmmaking until I meet Michael Brown in 2004. After I read his first script I became interested in the process. We formed our production company, Poorchild Films, and I’ve been in love with storytelling ever since.
N-T: Tell us about your partner.
EK: Michael Brown was born in Dallas and moved with his mother to Rockwall when he was four years old. He is a self-taught filmmaker who decided at the age of 33 to change careers and go into filmmaking. Micheal directs under an assumed name M. Legend Brown (www.mlegendbrown.com) because he always says that the writer and director never get along. So Michael is the writer and M. Legend is the director. He has a extreme passion for filmmaking and storytelling.
N-T: What is King & Brown Enterprises?
EK: King & Brown Enterprises is a the company we use to produce our feature films.
N-T: What prompted you to make this movie?
EK: Michael was leaving Doctors Hospital and ran into this couple leaving the hospital. They almost knocked him down because they were upset. He asked why they were upset and followed them to their car. He noticed they had bags stuffed in the their beat up station wagon, as well as on the roof.
After listening to their story for about 30 minutes, he tried to give them money, but they wouldn’t take it. They simply asked him to tell their story.
N-T: Do you think Americans – in general – and in rural areas, especially – are aware of the growing number of homeless?
EK: Yes, but I don’t think the resources are here like they are in larger cities.
N-T: What is being done to help the homeless?
EK: There are food pantries, churches, shelters and soup kitchens.
N-T: Are we doing enough?
EK: No. But it starts with everyone recognizing there is a problem and doing there part to help end this epidemic.
N-T: What, if anything, can be done to ease their plight?
EK: Hotel-motel vouchers, city stipends and everyone being good stewards of our fellow man.
N-T: You shot this movie in 10 days. I assume you didn’t have a big Hollywood budget. What did your cast and crew give up to make this happen?
EK: We told everyone we hired that this was a passion project. So the cast and crew all gave and gave. The more we asked, the more they performed. We are so proud of them.
N-T: What was it like shooting in Dallas?
EK: We’ve shot several films in Dallas and they’ve always tried to support us in our endeavors. The Dallas Film Commission helped us secure locations.
N-T: When was the movie officially released?
EK: It hasn’t been released yet and we won’t know the official release date until we sign our distribution deal later this month. But we’ve had a few special screenings along with a premiere.
N-T: What has been the response to the movie?
EK: We had one lady tell us she was about to leave her husband, but after seeing the film that they were going to work on there relationship.
Another woman told us she was 10 days out of a shelter. She told us she’s seen plently of Hollywood movies that try to portray this story and they always get it wrong. She told us this is perfect, very accurate.
N-T: Will you and Mr. Brown be at the event on January 5?
EK: Yes, along with some of the cast.
N-T: What’s next for you and your partner?
EK: We will be shooting “A Miracle for Haven” in late Feb. or early March.
To view a trailer of “Hiding in Plain Sight,” visit here.
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