Don't Let'em Die Easy Feature

Independent Film 'Don't Let'em Die Easy' Needs Your Support plus Q&A with Co-director!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Tyronita Bell

'Don't Let'em Die Easy' is an independent film directed by George Gaza, Jimmy Regular, and Azeez Owokoniran. The movie is inspired by the Black Panther Party for self- defense. The intention of the film is to bring awareness to racial injustices experienced by minorities. It will bring a fresh perspective on such issues, and hopefully arouse a new understanding of the racial inequality in America.

For those who are not familiar with the Black Panthers, it was a militant self-defense group that was established in Oakland, California in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.  The ultimate goal of the group was to protect minorities from police brutality.  The group also encouraged change amongst the high unemployment rates, poor housing, and education for the black community.

The movie is currently being developed. The project hasn’t made its goal on kickstarter, but there is still time to make this movie a reality. The kickstarter ends Sunday July 5th, 2015. It is essential for the support of the public to make this project a success. We sat down with one of the co-directors George Gaza to get a more in depth insight on the film, and hopefully give people a better understanding of the message behind it, and what the movie stands for.

Halfstack Magazine: What is the movie about?

George Gaza: The movie is about the Black Panther party for self-defense. A militant group against racial injustices amongst police in minority neighborhoods. We’re doing a more modernized re-imagination of it…kind of going to go for a tarantino-esque, hard-core film that hits at something that’s relative to what’s going on around us now in today’s society. We just want to do something entertaining that really hasn’t been done before, and just show how a good group of friends that get into certain situations and end up getting out of hand pretty quick.

HM: Is it a documentary?

GG: It was originally supposed to be a short film, but it kind of evolved. We started plotting it out as a short film before the script was even done. The writer Azeez just kept on pounding it out… and then he sent me a sixty-five-page script. I think we’re classifying it a feature right now which is crazy, because the budget we set seems high for a lot of people now…We’ve never done an actual full length or short film like that before so it’s hard for [people] to grasp that…we’re like oh shit this is going to end up being a lot more. So we’re kind of scrambling all over the place right now, but I think we’d call it a short film/ feature depending on the length or run time.

HM: What do you want people to learn from this movie?

GG: We just kind of want people to wake up a little bit, and start actually realizing that this shit is really still happening. It’s happening right in our front yards.  In any neighborhood, any given neighborhood… we just want people to see something that’ll make them uncomfortable, and realize upfront that this is something that really needs to be addressed that it’s actually happening. So we want people to really get the shock and awe factor, and the word of mouth and just kind of get it spread so people can get their heads out of their asses a little bit. We’re doing some crazy marketing things for it too. They’re kind of in your face, like around the loop. So those are going to start popping up here soon. It’s kind of a wake up call.

HM: How does the prevalence of police brutality in the news today relate to the film?

GG: We just kind of based it off real life scenarios. That you can actually relate to something that you’ve seen in the news recently. We’re going to show everything. We want to show the entire conflict. The inside. The outside, what people see and what’s actually going on. So we really want to make it as real as we can… it is a time piece and it’s set in the sixties we still want to have people be able to relate to them still as human beings, because they’re relatable. They’re characters that you would see everyday like today.

HM: How did you come up with the name for the project?

GG: …I think we were just hanging around one day and then it just came up. Someone was like ‘yea we’re not going to let’em die easy’ or something silly and we just ran with it. It just ended up being 'Don’t Let’em Die Easy'. Everyone that we talked to that we cast for acting roles were like ‘yea that’s sick that’s cool’.  So we were like yea we’re going to stick with it then.

HM: Why should people contribute to the making of the movie?

GG: It’s really hard because we didn’t think when we first got started that it would be so hard to convince people to, we just figured that everyone would give us a bunch of money. I think it’s something that people can take something from and learn a lesson from and hopefully change or alter something in their life that’ll help them become a better person. That’s just what we’re trying to do, Like I said we’re just trying to wake people up and hope they can really grab something from the story and want to make a difference whether it’s in their community or within themselves or whatever they have to do. We just want to strike a nerve with people and kind of an in your face way instead of beating around the bush like we do now. Like ‘it’s not really happening’ and everyone is shoving things under the rug. We’re just saying yes, this is happening yes you need to address it too. It’s not just on us. I think we can get people to relate to that idea and start to understand that, then they’ll want to donate a little bit more. I think a lot people are going to feel regretful for not donating by the time this is a done film and we put in all these festivals and do awesome stuff. I think we’re just trying to get a little momentum behind it. And hopefully people will start spreading word of mouth…

HM: What are your main strengths as a director? And your team as a whole?

GG: As a director I’m really technical. I’m really good with camera movements shooting, exposing my images, and setting my frames. I’m just really technical when it comes to the camerawork. I’m super creative, but that’s where my partner Jimmy comes in. He’s the mastermind. He paints the image for me and I just make it a reality. I’ve been working with him for two years now. Just like on outside music videos tours and things like that. We worked so crucially together just as little tag team. He just paints it for me and I make it come to life. Azeez he’s the writer, he’s been one of our long time collaborators too. He’s just also a crazy creative person with so many crazy ideas that he’ll just throw something in and we’ll just all kind of vibe together and kill it together. I think as a team we’re a really well rounded group of creatives who know how to run a set work all the equipment, not just be very amateur we’re very professional about it and we know how to handle a full blown set and cast and crew. We just work good together.

Here is a link to the project's kickstarter:

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