“If you’re gonna be in my house, I’m not going to leave.”
That’s the story of “The Good Life,” a documentary about the life of an African American man in Harlem who decided to make a movie about his experiences in the hood.
It’s a powerful story that’s also the story about what happens when you go through something traumatic.
I’m really proud to be the first filmmaker to tell this story through this lens, and it’s a story that will resonate with viewers for years to come.
“The Good Lives” premiered in October, and has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube.
It premiered on Netflix in December and was also shown in Los Angeles in January.
The film focuses on the life and work of James “Papa Doc” Smith, who lived in Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s and who is credited with being the first African American to receive a full scholarship to study filmmaking at the University of Southern California.
It also documents the impact of the Harlem Renaissance, a time of radical change in Harlem, including the passage of a curfew and the murder of a young Black man, Walter Scott, who was shot to death in 1977.
PapaDoc was an outspoken critic of racism in Harlem and was an ally of Black people in the film.
He also was known for his generosity of spirit.
But his life, his relationships, his family, and the struggle of his people were also marked by racial tensions.
“I wanted to capture his life,” says filmmaker Toni Pask, who co-directed “The Great Gatsby” with Smith.
“This was a man who lived his life in a world that was divided between him and his community.”
The story of Smith, a young man who grew up in the shadow of segregation, is told through his father, who has a deep affection for Smith.
His mother, who he adores, died of cancer when he was only five years old.
In the film, he also recounts the day he saw her face when she was taken away from him.
“She said, ‘I love you,’ and I said, yeah, I love you too, but you have to understand, I have to be here,’ ” he recalls.
“So I got the feeling I’m going to get out there and do something.”
The film also documents Smith’s childhood, when he’s called to a school for the criminally insane.
There, he’s befriended a boy named Tommy, who, when asked why he doesn’t speak English, says, “You speak like a black man.”
The boy also says he’s a gang member.
The two boys learn to make clothes together, but Tommy and his brother, Bobby, are not allowed to use the clothes.
The boy is bullied.
He is forced to go to a mental institution, and his mother tries to teach him to speak in Spanish.
In desperation, she convinces him to take a job at a laundry.
But as the young man prepares to start a new job, he finds himself stuck in Harlem.
“That’s where he was born,” Pask says.
“And it’s where I grew up.”
Papa is a product of the early ’50s, when Harlem was segregated.
He was raised in a household with three African American siblings.
Pask explains that the father was a teacher, and that when he learned that his son was going to make movies, he was like, ‘You know what?
I can’t let you do this, but I will.’
“The two brothers’ mother died when they were babies, and Pask’s father moved them to live with his grandmother in Harlem during the Great Depression.
He worked as a mechanic and worked as an assemblyman.
When the Great Recession hit, the family was able to find a job, but the man with whom they shared it couldn’t afford the rent. “
There were a lot of things he had to do,” Pasks mother says.
When the Great Recession hit, the family was able to find a job, but the man with whom they shared it couldn’t afford the rent.
“The only way that they could keep that roof over their heads was to borrow money from him,” Pans mother says, adding that they were able to do that through a bank.
But the family eventually became homeless.
“He was trying to pay the bills,” Panks mother says of her father.
“My father didn’t want to pay, and my mother wanted to be there.
We were all desperate.
He would take money from her, and he would take a break.””
Papa” lived with his mother and two brothers in the streets of Harlem.
The city was still segregated, but his mother did not feel that she could survive on the street.
She had an older brother, and she says she never felt like her father would care for her.
“When he came home, he would go up to my mom, and I’d say, ‘Mom, you don’t have to