Recently I got a chance to check out the independent film, CRU, by writer/directors Alton Glass and Oliver Ottley. The film is about a group of teenage boys who are in a car crash that would have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. Nearly two decades later, they reunite.
Old wounds are opened, secrets are revealed and pain is exposed. The film stars a notable cast: Keith Robinson, Richard T. Jones, Antwon Tanner, Sammi Rotibi, Harry J. Lennix Alison Eastwood and Melissa De Souza.
I loved seeing black men bond in true friendship. I also loved seeing black men as loving fathers. Glass and Ottley did a great job of demonstrating black men being vulnerable in a way I think is lacking in contemporary black films. There is a great scene where all of the friends reminisce that is thoughtful and funny. The film gives insight into the black male emotional experience.
I asked Glass about the process of making this movie, and in true filmmaker style, he created a video to address my questions. You can view it below.
To purchase Cru, click here. Also, look out for it in the next few months on BET!