We The Party is a comedy film directed by Mario Van Peebles. It is a story about teenagers in their own skin, Van Peebles’ vision in this movie is to show the diversity and culture of teenagers today and how they see the world. The director also had some personal experience when it comes to the youth of today. This is the reason why he wanted to create a film that will show the world how unique teenagers are and the influences that they encounter for their future. We The Party stars Mandela Van Peebles, Moises Arias, Simone Battle and Maya Van Peebles. This film will be released to theaters on April 6th 2012. Here’s an early news on “We The Party”.
The Concept Of Van Peebles In The Movie: We The Party
“Mario Van Peebles, “We the Party” incapsulises the spirit of 80′s and 90′s classic teenage films like John Hughes 16 candles and Reginald Hudlin’s House Party; “We The Party” gives a window into the lives of teenagers living post election of the fUSA’s first black president, Barak Obama.
The musically driven film features young groups like The New Boyz, The Rej3ctz, Pink Dollaz, Disney veteran Orlando Brown, in additon to notable family duos 2nd and 3rd generation like Snoop Dogg and his son and Diddy’s son Quincy Brown.
The premise for the movie came from Van Peebles undercover escapades with his own children who wanted to hang out at all age dance clubs. “I told them either they could go with me or they couldn’t go at all. After some negotiation they allowed me to go with them ‘incog-negro’” which allowed him to document and have a up-close look at what the “skinny-jean generation” is doing. “We the Party” does it’s best to be an authentic represenation of kids today. He told us that he would workshop scenes, then allow the actors to do their thing and recalled a scene where one of the members of The Pink Dollaz is asked out in front of her crew by a surfer boy the response “What that n*gga think he tryina do?” with that improv he knew he’d probably get an R-rating, but it was a key piece of authenticity that he had to keep in the film. “Their lives are not PG.”
As a father of 5…yes 5…teens I asked what advice Van Peebles would give to parents feel at a loss as to how to talk to their children of this generation He says, ” Kids come through you, not from you…you can’t say this one is going to be my lawyer, this one is going to be my bohemian or my artist…They’ll let you know… I’ve tried to create an environment for my kids where they can become the best version of who they are. You can’t be afraid to finish the conversation that society already started. You can choose to put in an absentee ballot, but I’d rather know. And there’s no one-size-fits-all parenting. You gotta know who’s who.”
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