Friday, January 12, 2018

FILMMAKERSLAB Film Review Friday: #Victoria

Screening Room ATL is one of my favorite networking events.  Every Wednesday, indie film shorts, and trailers are shown on the upper level of the posh restaurant, Negril Village, which boasts a cathedral-style building complete with an outdoor patio and metered parking lot.  The two-tiered establishment serves up affordable authentic Caribbean eats, while the best of indie film shorts play on two screens.


This week on the Filmmakers Lab roster is the action-filled drama #Victoria played by Vanessa Fant and written and directed by Mark Buddington.  This true-to-form tale tells the story of a daughter who moves from out of town, to live with her father, in a poor inner city of New York.  The story deals with Victoria's inheritance of her father's tainted legacy.  Victoria's father's shady reputation is littered with distrust, drugs and dirty money.

Fant did an awesome job of portraying a young woman, who is forced into the throws of an unfamiliar, dangerous world.  She makes you sympathize with Victoria and want her to get revenge.  Fant's performance pushes the audience to question how they would handle that kind of situation.  Fant's portrayal of Victoria was believable. We wanted her to win despite her tactics.
Click to see #Victoria trailer

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Khalimah Gaston, who plays Victoria's friend, Kim, committed fully to her ride or die character.  Gaston said the hardest part was handling the gun, but without hesitation she pulls that hammer back with confidence, further showing her range.  Both Fant and Gaston's performances were spot on in their portrayal of na├»ve impressionable young women turned wanna be weight pushers.

All in all it was a solid, well-directed film.  #Victoria kept me engaged and unsuspecting. The action sequences were not overrun with beats and fluff.  I appreciate Buddington's straight-to-the-point writing style.  The subplots had loose ends, but for the most part, Buddington served us urban drama, raw and true.  Buddington has a solid handle on the art of storytelling.  Check out his website at   Amongst Buddington's vast arsenal, I found a gem called Preto.  Look out for that review.  Check #Victoria on Amazon Movie and iTunes.

Thank you to all those that have been there to support Filmmakers Lab's quest to bring exposure to the independent artist.  Until my next post, write on!

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