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By Rosalyn L. Forch
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night was one of the narrative features showcased at the 2018 American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach.
In 89 minutes, Qasim Barnes and co-writer, Samantha Tanner unfold the story of an L.A. club promoter, Cass (played by Omari Hardwick) and a beautiful and spirited Midwestern visitor, Frida (played by Meagan Good) as they cross paths on election night during the 2016 Presidential election. The film, directed by Barnes and produced by Datari Turner, also stars Jay Ellis and Dijon Talton.
Nothing will be the same after their election night meeting as she challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers.
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream was one of a diverse selection of films showcased at this year’s festival as celebrities, industry elite and festival goers gathered to celebrate films and TV content created by African Americans.
Empower Magazine reporter Rosalyn Forch sat down with Barnes and his fiance, Samantha Tanner to get an inside look at the inspiration behind the film and what they hoped audiences walked away with after viewing the film.
For Barnes, the film was an opportunity to broaden the scope of the types of stories that are told about the African American experience he told Empower Magazine.
“I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to have their stories told in a balanced way and for a very long time, our stories were told in a very unbalanced way where we are criminals or downtrodden,” shared Barnes. “Can we be normal people …can we fall in love, can we go to school.”
Barnes is passionate about the film industry and describes it as a massively powerful medium that he hopes to use to continue to share stories that reflect the full breadth of the African American experience.
His writing partner shares his passion and added that her hopes in writing their current film is to show that “Love Wins” even on one of the most polarizing election nights in our country no matter which side of the equation one fell on.
Click the link below for the full video interview to hear this dynamic duo who are partners in life and creativity share their thoughts on their new film.