The slasher film, long formulaic, somewhat predictable, evergreen in its entertainment value with the subjectively right combination of compelling story and meaty characters will see its inspired evolution with Xavier Coleman's Brooklyn-based mystery, White Knuckle. This short details the story of three new and old Bedford-Stuyvesant residents who try to unveil the identity of a serial killer roaming the blocks in order to snuff out gentrifiers.
I spent my very early years in a small cut of West Philadelphia between what we call "the bottom" and the University of Pennsylvania. Sandwiched between these two contrasting spaces were apartment buildings and houses were kids played outside on a daily basis and the adults made it there responsibility to look after us all. We taught each other how to ride bikes, disciplined each other when we were out of line, and showed compassion when needed most. That same 39th and Powelton has lost that sense of familial community as I've passed through a few times since becoming an adult. The neighborhood I went to school in and shopped with my mother beyond my street has doubly seen a dramatic overhaul. Along with being priced out of a space I called home for many years, it has made me angry, sad, but pretty excited to see Coleman's film address these feelings in the context of the horror genre.
Please support Xavier and his commitment to horror while having a diverse cast and crew to bring this relevant story to fruition by donating to the Kickstarter campaign here. There are currently 9 days left!
White Knuckle is currently casting for the roles of Rich (male, early 20s, Black), and the supporting character, Ms. Horne (female, elderly, Black). To submit talent for these roles, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org