So you came by today because you want to know how I went 7 for 10 in my Golden Globe predictions right? No? Oh yeah, that ‘other thing’…
I’ll try to knock this out quickly and in chronological order, frequently asked question format…
Woke up, went for my Sunday run, came home, my stomach was in knots. I’ve never understood the idea of being nervous over something you did months ago until today. A lot of people were blowing me up, which was fantastic, but none of them saw the piece, so they really couldn’t tell you if the film was, you know, entertaining or good.
Midwest and East Coast saw the show first, so the emails and texts started coming in a little after 9-ish my time. Many congrats and good jobs sent my way. I was going to send out a sarcastic post saying “I only hope Sanaa says my name correctly,’ so my curiosity definitely peaked when I got a few ‘Man she was putting you on blast!’ type, sarcastic comments.
The Minnesota game was more or less over so I was able to start flipping into the show before I left the house. Saw the introduction (nice), and I have to admit, when I saw my logo with the little BET logo in the corner, that was hype time (and I told the brother who designed that logo as much). I flipped in and out the next 5 minutes (you have no idea how many times I’ve seen the short by this point), and came back in for the credits.
Definitely wasn’t expecting the split screen, so sorry to my crew that they didn’t get the ups they also deserved. As far as Sanaa doing my bio, I’m being pragmatic when I say my film was 5 minutes in an hour long show, i.e., they had a little time to burn around my film. I honestly wouldn’t read any more into that, but regardless that’s on permanent DVR status for yours truly.
Favorite anecdote: one of my close friends put the show on when he came from church, and asked his 2 year old if she recognized the man on TV, and she said, ‘That’s Uncle Mister Malik!” That tickled me good; my goal of making/working on projects I can show to my entire family without feeling embarrassed is in full swing.
Film geek time: yeah I did throw a lot of information at you for a 5 minute story, but judging by your response the story works. Everyone seems to like the ‘Until the End of Time’ reference; do people get every beat of that joke (he has a habit of running late so she buys him a watch?), or is that too cerebral? Hell, I wish a woman would buy me a nice watch, and I’m big on punctuality. I’m digressing…
A few people have mentioned that Lens on Talent is a contest; this is true. In all sincerity though, my ‘goal’ was to have this national showcase for this project; I wasn’t thinking about it as a competition today or at any point in time in dealing with BET.
That said…IF Lady in My Life is selected as one of the finalists, THEN I will go into full on ‘competitive’ mode. If any of my people at BET are reading this, rest assured we have another short story we’ve wanted to do for YEARS waiting in the wings, just give us the opportunity to make it. I’m just saying…
Finally and most importantly, I’m not remotely an old man, but over the past few days I’ve been reminded by how many paths I’ve crossed over my time on this Earth so far. I’m the ‘star of the show’ so to speak, but if you read my first L.A. piece you know Magic was my sports hero growing up. Meaning I love being a ‘point guard’ in life. I do enjoy taking the big shots, but my past, present and future are directly tied to my ‘team’, and staying in the game long enough just to have an opportunity to take those shots. While I know these people are around on the regular, now is as good a time as any to say:
Thank you Sumner Academy of Arts & Sciences
Thank you Fradieu Family, Washington Family and all my blood relatives
Thank you Black Entertainment Television
Thank you University of Kansas, McNair Scholars Program, and my Jayhawk Family
Thank you University of Southern California, Peter Stark Program and my Trojan Family
Thank you Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., especially Upsilon Chapter
Thank you to my Ummah
Thank you to HNTB, THQ, and the numerous gigs I’ve held over the years
And of course thank you to my beautiful cast and crew on this project and all the past projects. I learn something new every time.
Last word then I’m out: one of my heroes growing up was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A lot of you have the day off to celebrate his birthday. While it’s not my place (or anyone else’s really) to tell you what Dr. King ‘would have’ done if he were around, it’s pretty easy to figure with his history he would have been involved in the Haiti situation trying to help out. A whole country with an infrastructure in ruins, it’s still hard to imagine. If giving cash is not your thing, trust in this situation there’s probably another way to help. Give blood, donate clothes, do a little volunteer work. A lot of you took the time on email, Twitter, Facebook or what have you to tell your people a friend of yours had a short film that was going to be on TV this weekend (and trust me I’m eternally grateful). At the end of the day though, I’m just a guy making movies. Now if you put that same call out to your people, except this time you said “Send me one dollar so I can send it to Haiti,” how many dollars could we put together?
And on that note, those of you still on vacation, enjoy your MLK Day. Peace!