This exciting event happened on the 11th August 2019, 6pm at the LA live regal theater where Christina Cooper, the producer and director of South Central Love held her premiere and red carpet event. It was a successful event and after weeks of screening in the local theaters, I am still hearing great reviews of this movie.
LTPINK got hold of Christina Cooper for an up close and personal interview.
Pink: What made you pursue film making?
Cooper: I actually started off as an actress and now branches into filmmaking because I wanted to tell stories from my perspective and to be able to inspire my generation with vision, is something amazing.
Pink: What roadblocks did you faced when you were starting out?
Cooper: Getting funding and people to believe in me was the hardest part. But once I came up with a plan and got my team on board, the rest was history. I also was new to directing & producing so trying to do all these different tasks at one time didn’t allow me to fully commit to one job task. That definitely was a lesson learned, but we did it! We made it happen!
Pink: How did you come up with the idea for your film, South Central Love?
Cooper: My ex boyfriend was shot & killed in Los Angeles and I made the decision to base my first film creation on stopping the cycle of gun violence within our communities & within our own race. I’m hoping this film inspires people my age to spread love & show understanding, as we are all products of our environment.
Pink: Can you tell us more about your upcoming project(s)?
Cooper: We are currently in pre-production for a super hero scifi movie and will continue filming season 2 of “Blue Laces” soon!
Pink: Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
Cooper: The greatest moment was meeting my amazing cast & crew members. I feel like we are all family now & honestly, that is what I am most grateful for. That we are accomplishing all this together.
Pink: Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful film maker?
Cooper: I believe it does help! But I never went to film school & I created my first movie from start to finish and released it in theaters. So I definitely feel that it’s more about dedication & hard work...and of course faith in yourself.
Pink: Which particular film maker has influenced you the most?
Cooper: I love John Singleton and Ava Duvernay. They are my top faves as of now.
Pink: Do you have any advice for young film makers out there?
Cooper: Fear is an illusion. And make sure you believe in yourself. There were people that didn’t believe in me doing this but I pushed through & went for it any way. Hustle and faith come hand in hand. Never let someone determine your future. You choose your path, and you choose whether you’ll walk it or not. Walk it.
Don't miss the chance to watch a movie produced with faith, love and hope by Christina Cooper.
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