EGL Movie Watch: The Resurrection of the Black Western

“Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue.” –Official Synopsis


The exciting independent short film They Die by Dawn is in the works from writer and director Jeymes Samuel! His debut project takes on the fun but untapped Western genre and features an all-black ensemble. The cast includes several big names such as “The Wire” stars Idris Elba and Michael K. William and the talented Erykah Badu, Giancarlo Esposito, and Rosario Dawson. The project is a complementary addition to Samuel’s upcoming album, “The Die By Dawn And Other Short Stories.” While a set release date has not yet been announced, it is a wonderful film to look forward to in 2013!

Till then you can get a taste of Samuel’s craft through his U.K. music collective “The Bullitts.” Their art is self-described as “Action Adventure” and combines fresh music, visuals, and story telling.  The group has collaborated with several other artists including Jay Electronica on their short French film “Run and Hide.” You can find out more on The Bullits on their youtube channel here!

–Nikki Hardison

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