Slamdance Film Review: Big Words

Posted January 21, 2013 in

Big Words

Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Neil Drumming
Set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election in beautiful Brooklyn, New York, Big Words revolves around three friends who, 15 years ago, were once members of an unsuccessful hip-hop group. John (Dorian Missick), aka Big Words, is a lyrical genius who, perhaps subliminally, expects himself to fail and thus puts success out of his own reach. James (Gbenga Akinnagbe), aka Jayvee Da Mac, is now a publicist—and out of the closet—and trying to deal with the challenges of adulthood and his long-term relationship with Eddie (Amir Arison). Last is Terry (Darien Sills-Evans), aka DJ Malik, who is so stuck in the past that he can't move forward with his life. As the three spiral toward seeing each other for the first time in years, they're forced to deal with the frustrations of their own nonfulfillment. Written and directed by Neil Drumming, Big Words is a film about dealing with the disappointments of growing older, while still maintaining some optimism about the future. Apart from containing an array of truly inspiring hip-hop music, the film also has some arresting and passionate dialogue, and deals with social issues (homophobia and racism, just to name a few) in a very skillful, and yet humorous, manner that allows multiple characters to break down misconceptions. Big Words celebrates its World Premiere here at the Slamdance Film Festival, and also stars Yaya Alafia,Zachary Booth and hip-hop legend Jean Grae.
Date: 1.18, 4:00 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room
Date: 1.22, 7:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room