Homosexual Encounters on the “Down Low”
Release Date: February 22, 2008
Starring: Aunjaune Ellis, Raz Adoti,
Leon, Lou Gossett Jr., Paula
Jai Parker, Clifton Davis,
Patti Labelle, and Vivica Fox
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Redwood Palms Pictures
Director: Bill Duke
Executive Producer: ual Encounters on the “Down
Producer: Warren Kohler, Corey Redmond
and Bill Duke
Writer: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
Address Comments To:George Shamieh, CEO
American Cinema International
14242 Ventura Blvd., Suite 202
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 907-8700
Fax: (818) 907-8719
“I must be allowed to tell everything. . . before I was accused of murder, before my family was ripped apart,” says a numb, unmovable Valarie Maas. She is undoubtedly convinced of her innocence, it is her involvement in the murder that remains unclear. It is this foggy area of the facts that have her as the prime suspect for murder. After some time of intense coaxing and threats, she tells all. Through a series of flashback sequences, the audience is allowed into the backstory of a murder case with surprises at every turn.
As far as the movie’s content is concerned, it desecrates the biblical definition of marriage. This modern day product of Babylon fosters and inflicts carnal confusion on its viewers, which could inflict a generation upon a wide release of this movie. The action causes every woman, especially African American women, to question the sexual orientation and lifestyle of the man they trust and call “husband.” Bill Duke has created a movie that normalizes a life of the “down low” and uses the movie as a nationwide announcement saying, “Most men deal with this.... It’s ok.” He, at least, presents the reality of the dangers that face a family with a husband in this lifestyle. The movie’s only redeeming value is that he is truthful about the effects of this lifestyle on a wife, children, relatives, and friends.
In addition, this low-budget independent movie constantly shows evidence of monetary restraints and skill limitations. The lighting throughout is less than desirable. The editing techniques are weak. Editing wholes exist in cutaway shots and continuity. The credit design is altogether awful, which only tips the viewer before the very first scene that the movie will be less than cinematically pleasing.
COVER has a very strong mixed pagan worldview with very strong homosexual references. Also, Christian characters act in unbiblical ways, with some being too harsh toward men engaged in the homosexual lifestyle and some being too apathetic. There is also an offensive homosexual encounter of two naked men caressing each other in a shower.
This low-budget independent movie constantly shows evidence of monetary restraints and skill limitations. The lighting throughout is less than desirable. The editing techniques are weak. The credit design is altogether awful, which only tips the viewer before the very first scene that the movie is less than cinematically pleasing. COVER has a very strong mixed pagan worldview with very strong homosexual references, including an offensive shower scene, and Christian characters acting in unbiblical ways.