The Meek, from Emmy-nominated producer and D.C. resident Harold Jackson III, will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in August.Completed last year, The Meek has been named an official selection of the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, to be held August 6–11. The Meek is a highly entertaining and engaging film that has the potential to become D.C. filmmaker Harold Jackson III’s most popular and widely recognized film project to date. Captivating and chock full of emotion and action which are delivered by the film’s actors in a strong and convincing fashion, the film made its world premiere in December. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Zwu6MlItw[/embed]
Shaun Woodland’s portrayal of the saddened Josh, whose young daughter was killed during a drive-by shootout, is heart-warming as he reflects on the pleasant moments he shared with his little girl while honestly trying to “get clean” and start again. Sadly, however, Josh gets tangled in a web of revenge killing, and the tale spirals into moments of bloodshed and edge-of-your-seat action as Josh and his love interest Abigail (Brandi Cohen) attempt to survive and move on in search of the new-found happiness they hope to share. [caption id="attachment_8527" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Courtesy of Harold Jackson III[/caption] The film culminates in several violent scenes while character depictions (such as that of Josh’s pastor) help in maintaining a sense of reality that many action films seem to lack. Portrayed realistically by Eli El, Josh’s pastor is one who is committed to saving the lost while also having a dark and troubled past of his own that continues to test his own faith and exposes his own humanity and weaknesses. Overall, The Meek is a captivating film that explores the plight of multiple troubled characters. As Jackson’s film has been named an official selection of the Martha’s Vineyard festival, area residents can expect for it to pop at local film events and conventions in the coming months. And, once in distribution, The Meek will be among the best locally made, independent films from the Washington, D.C., area. Have you seen it? What did you think? Do you plan to go to the film festival to see it? Tell us in the comments below!