Within thirty seconds I was reeled into the crystal clear reflection of this uninhibited creative. Pulling at the heart strings of everything I know to be timeless in our culture. The gleaming lights of a yet known city rolling past the vocal styling of “Forever My Lady” performed by Joc Traylor is cinema gold. HOMIES: An Introspective of My Creative Friends capsules the moment in time immediately after Joc Traylor takes that allusive leap of faith and decides to trust his talent, his friends and his direction in life.
Jack Lester captures a visual description of the term “creative” by presenting a coalition of young black men who individually are directors, photographers, designers and artists in every sense of the word. But the camaraderie among these men is what propels them to new heights.
Part 1 of HOMIES features an exhibition by The PRBLMS. A true behind the scenes glimpse at the work of an artist who’s undaunted pursuit of self expression is kindred to the likes of Space Invader or Bansky. As well, the film highlights the relationship between Joc and Ucheena as both a semblance of respect and gratitude.
Almost as important as having the courage to say “Fuck it! I will not let that trick [fear] play in my mind anymore” is the consideration of your peers to recognize your vision and then sow seeds into it.
Through their united exploration of Los Angeles, under the constant red eye of Jack’s camera, the coalition revel in the joy and freedom of actively manifesting their dreams.
And in a most profound nod to the necessity of producing a well rounded introspective Joc Taylor takes a moment to shine a twinkle of light on the grim stereotype that the creative man doesn’t value or need a woman. Instead his hotel confessions and parking lot spoken word suggest that the goal is to have someone who doesn’t require the art to suffer in an effort to preserve the relationship. A perspective that made me dive into my own introspective.
The production by the FLNPB Film house for HOMIES: An Introspective of My Creative Friends left me in great anticipation for more. Eager to hear the stories of more creatives and follow the adventures of Big Joc’s introspective.