Monday, October 22, 2012

Conscious Flimmakers Produce "Christmas In Compton" [Exclusive Interview]

"We do service" is the clear vision that film producers Michael and Beth Hubbard live by in order for their business, Bright Idea Entertainment: The Conscious Filmmaking Company, to bring to the big screen Christmas In Compton.  The family Christmas movie is set to be released in the U.S. November 9, 2012.

Christmas in Compton stars Omar Gooding (TV’s “Hanging with Mr. Cooper”), Keith David (Crash, Platoon, 2013 WB release ”Cloud Atlas” with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry,), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Man) and Orlando Brown (Major Payne, TV’s “That’s So Raven”), this comedy will keep the entire family laughing this holiday season.

Recently, I had the opportunity to do a phone interview with the filmmaking team of Michael and Beth Hubbard."By creating our company with the intent of 'conscious filmmaking', we wanted to fulfill the concept and premise that you go in and leave the community better than when you got there.  We created 20 internships with local residents for all departments across the board. We used local extras. We did’nt want to come in and just use exteriors.  We wanted to do something good and conscious" explains Beth Hubbard.

This was a family affair and a labor of love for the husband and wife community conscious duo.  Michael Hubbard's brother, David Raynr, is the director and a partner in the company. Having collaborated together on several projects over the years, the trio decided to combine their efforts and create a company founded on the principles of integrity, abundance, creativity and fun. The Hubbard's two teenage sons perform as actors in the film.

Michael Hubbard described the experience as "Working with my family provided holistic fun and I believe it gave the film a positive warm feel to it.  It was a win win production process with people from the community flourishing. We even kept the peace with visits from gang members." 

The film does present a warm family feel and is destined to become an urban Christmas classic. 

Synopsis:  BIG EARL, the owner of a Christmas tree lot in Compton, and a man with a big heart and a big vision, demands success from everyone around him. All kinds of trouble erupts the week before Christmas when his son, DERRICK, part-time music producer and part-time Christmas tree lot employee, crosses the line to prove to Big Earl that he is a success. The colorful characters that populate the tree lot cause additional complications for Derrick as he tries to solve his problems secretly. Things spiral out of Derrick’s control, jeopardizing the survival of the lot, and more importantly, his relationship with his father. What Derrick needs is a miracle; a Christmas miracle in Compton.

 Christmas miracles can happen anywhere! Christmas in Compton brings big laughs and holiday cheer for the whole family when it opens in theaters on November 9, 2012.  Check out the trailer:

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