“The Boy” is a horror/thriller about how far one African family will go to save their son from the demons that they believe he is possessed by. When immigrant parents start to notice disturbing behavior in their only son, they call on a local tribal healer to rid their son of the “demon.” After a grueling ritual we learn that nothing is what it seems and their son may not be possessed after all – he’s just gay. Will the family believe he was simply born this way or will they continue with a ritual that could result in the boy’s death? Dark, mysterious and horrific are just a few of the words that describe the rituals depicted in this film.
Why this project is important:
"The Boy" is an unabashed horror film inspired by true beliefs and we need your help to bring it to life. It's an honest portrayal of how some families will go to extreme lengths to stop their children from being who they are. The story is even more relevant because in some parts of the world exorcism rituals are still performed when a child is “different” from their parental expectations.
What We Plan To Do With The Film:
We plan on casting well-known and respected actors/actresses in this film so that it will attract as large an audience as possible. The film will be featured in domestic and international film festivals so that the message can get out about these atrocities. The more support we get from you, the greater the possibility of exposure. We also intend to submit it to the NBC Short Cuts Diversity Film Festival; which focuses on very diverse subject matter; as well as diversity amongst filmmakers.
Where your contribution will go:
As professional filmmakers, we want to insure that this
production is of professional quality. This requires proper funding. Your
contribution will go towards hiring a professional crew, actors and post production staffing.
Cayman Grant is a Canadian, award winning writer/director who has written and directed several award-winning short films that garnered over a dozen awards and honors. They have appeared in over 75 film festivals worldwide including the Cannes Film Festival and LA Shorts Festival. Cayman's short film, His Good Will, has won numerous awards and was an Official Entry in the 2009 Academy® Awards under the “Live Action Short Film” category. Her most recent film, Butterflies, will be hitting the film festival circuit this upcoming Spring, 2014. As well, her current film, The Fix, will air on ESPN in early 2015 as part of the popular 30 for 30 Series.
James Peoples is an accomplished writer/producer who has won awards for both feature scripts and short films. His has worked in several genres including LGBT cinema, Horror, Science Fiction and Drama. He is a passionate filmmaker that likes to tell stories that bring up complex issues within the African American community. A short film he co-wrote and produced entitled “10 Cards” was a feature of the African American Short Film Showcase and was played on National Network 10. The Boy is a passion project for James that will bring awareness to the atrocities taking place all over the globe.