Spotlight on Ohlone:
Oakland murder inspiration for Madden’s film

Ohlone instructor’s movie is shown at Oakland festival

By Jillian Sanchez Features editor.

Thursday, October 15, 2009—Reprinted from Monitor.

Three smiling people. Carmen Madden, left, editor/co-producer Judd Flemming and Director of Photography Phil Briggs smile after finishing “Everyday Black Man.” —Photo courtesy of CLM Productions.

Back in July of 2009, English teacher Carmen Madden wrote/directed/produced the film, “Everyday Black Man,” which won best feature film at the Peachtree Village Film Festival in Atlanta.

“I was ecstatic. I always forget that I’m excited because I’m so nervous.”

While Madden has been teaching English for 10 years at Ohlone, film would be her next choice. “I can’t explain it. Film is a different avenue for a writer.”

“I always knew I would be writing films, never did I plan on producing”, said Madden.

The film, was screened at the 8th Annual Oakland Film Festival Monday night, it has had quite the journey. “We shot the movie in 17 days, finished by Labor Day and it took a while editing,” said Madden.

By the following July, the film was entered into the Peachtree Film Festival in Atlanta.

Painting of a blurry tree landscape. Artist’s interpretation of a cemetery scene from the movie.

The film, set in Oakland, follows main character Moses Stanton, a neighborhood store owner who is just trying to get by while keeping a close eye on his daughter who happens to be so close, yet so far away.

Madden shedded light on the subject of right and wrong and hopes the film will, “promote discussion among groups and have people become more interested in their community.”

What was the inspiration that struck Madden? “Chauncey Bailey.”

“I knew him. The idea of this story came from the sadness of that.” The sadness Madden is referring to is that of the death of Chauncey Bailey, former editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post.

Bailey’s death in August 2007 was a violent act of hate due to his reporting efforts in the Oakland area.

Madden, who was friends with Bailey, was inspired by his death to write “Everyday Black Man” with the hopes that people will want to be more proactive in their communities and be open for discussion.

What’s next for Madden? “I will continue to do film.” Her next film, “Shadow Fight,” is aimed at the ever-popular Sundance Film Festival.

For more info about Madden and her film check out www.everydayblackman.com / www.clmproductions.com.

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