‘Exposé’ uncovered at Greensboro screening
The independent feature Exposé has been a long time coming – nearly three years, to be precise – but that’s because first-time filmmaker Brandon Bias wanted to get it right.
Filmed on location in Greensboro, the story dramatizes the widespread destruction caused by drug addiction and the corruption surrounding the trade. The ensemble cast includes David Acevedo, Jon Blaq, Yesse Rodriguez, Lance Megginson, and Charles D. Clark.
Exposé will be screened Saturday in the Van Dyke Performance Space, located on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public, although audiences are asked to register for entry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Exposé was Bias’s debut project, “I have to say there were major challenges such as being a one-man crew, but it worked out well to my surprise,” he said. “It just took longer than I would have liked. The easiest part was communicating the vision with the cast. The cast is full of unique individuals who give me their all because they not only believed in the project, but they felt that the script was an opportunity to take on a dynamic role.”
Bias admitted that Exposé was not without its complications, but he accepted those as part of the learning curve.
“I certainly say this film was a challenge to me personally,” he said. “It took 2½ years to make and four attempts. Remarkably, I was the only person behind the camera, so I had to wear many hats from start to finish. Although it was a challenge, I learned so much about the benefits of a director having intimate sessions with the acting talent. Having only one person engaged (as the creator) really made the actors feel comfortable and deliver outstanding performances. The film itself is filled with beautiful, artistic visuals. I love to play with light in many sequences; however, I set out to use 100% practical and natural lighting. This created a gritty cinematic feel, (which) I felt was exactly what was needed to convey the deeply emotional scenes centering around the subject of opioid addiction and distribution.”
Exposé has gone through a number of incarnations and permutations since its conception, and was the subject of a 2017 YES! Weekly cover story, in which Bias discussed its potential as a regular series. That hasn’t changed.
“I am indeed pitching this film as a series,” he confirmed. “The cut that the public will see on July 27 is a compressed version that would take place over three seasons. Media outlets such as Netflix/Hulu would be ideal landing spots.”
“Originally, I wanted to do a 12-minute short film on the topic, as it was a growing concern in the community,” Bias added. “(But) once in production, I added several characters, and it quickly became something bigger than expected. I knew I needed to push the production when the issue started hitting home for some cast members who lost loved ones during the filming months. In a sense, it helped them cope with the reality of their situations.”
Naturally, Bias wants Exposé to entertain, but just as important is that it enlightens the viewer as to the severity of the opioid crisis, both here and abroad, within the framework of a dramatic narrative.
“The film goes deep into every aspect,” Bias said. “I did not want to create a film that was set to be educational and suggest resolve for the issue. My job is to make films and entertain the public. I wanted to create something that was potent and would spark conversations, as this issue is connected to so many people across the country.”
“The film is catered toward young people as their generation tends to accept what they see rather than a lecture,” he observed. “There are many powerful scenes in this film regarding addiction, the extremes that addicts go to, and the carelessness that comes with the abuse. I even touch on the effect that addiction has on those who are forced to deal with this issue (affecting) their loved ones. Overall, the project will certainly be eye-opening, heartbreaking, intense, informative, and highly entertaining.”
Bias is proud of Exposé but retains a measure of objectivity. “Is the film perfect?” he asked rhetorically. “I have to say not quite; however, it is solid and sure to keep the attention of the viewer. Nevertheless, I’m very pleased with what we’ve accomplished, and I’m sure the cast feels exactly the same way. We knew it was time to release it when I shared the sizzle reel. We hit 10,000 views in less than two weeks.”
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Exposé will be screened 2 p.m. Saturday in the Van Dyke Performing Space, located on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Although admission is free, audience members must register for entry at email@example.com.