Paris-Films Leading In Detroit Filmmaking

[Credit: Paris-Films]
[Credit: Paris-Films]
By Sydney B.

Filmmaking, like any other art, is one of the most persuasive means of communication. Whether a film succeeds or fails, a filmmaker’s goal is to have their film be seen so that it is able to communicate itself with its audience.

Paris Films, a Michigan based independent film and commercial production company, is devoted to bringing audiences unique and meaningful projects. Their main focus is to not only deliver the story, but to share meaningful pieces highlighting the obstacles of everyday life that we may face.

“There is an audience out there dying to see films about real characters, real issues, how people relate, and overcome issues,” writer Will Hare of Broken.

[Credit: Paris-Films]
[Credit: Paris-Films]
Paris Films was founded by Producer and Actor Paris Jones. Although Paris is not a Michigan native he has taken a liking to his home here in Detroit. He envisions the company growing to become one of the largest and most influential filming companies in the Midwest. Some of the company’s projects include AIAC, a short film, The Inner Circle, a TV pilot filmed in the city, and Foggy Relations, winner of 3 Michigan film awards.

Foggy Relations is a romantic drama about a cynical veteran prostitute who gets a surprise visit from an old friend, who happens to be a married and the only person capable of touching her true emotions.

Like any hard-working company, their job is never complete as they constantly build their resume with projects. In development the company is currently working on two feature films and a short film. Broken, featured films, is about a man whose fragile existence is shattered when he’s forced to care for his older brother who sexually abused him as a child. Before visually coming to life Broken came in as a Top 10 finalist, out of 3,000 candidates, at the Creative World Awards. Other in progress films include Family Ties, feature film, and Elevated Remedies, short film.

As the film industry in Detroit continues to flourish, Paris Films will continue to inspire through its finished works and future endeavors. If you would like to learn more about this filming company click here.

 

Local Detroit Filmmakers On The Rise

[Credit: The Inner Circle]
[Credit: The Inner Circle]

By Sydney B.

Find your voice in filmmaking and go for it. People will either get it or they won’t!

The Inner Circle is a one-hour drama series filmed in Detroit, MI. Last night I had the pleasure of viewing the Pilot of this gripping melodrama. The first episode highlights an array of everyday obstacles like stereotypes, friendships, and many unforeseen circumstances with only one thing in common…DRUG ADDICTION.

[Credit: The Inner Circle] | Shiek Mahmud-Bey (left) Paris Jones (right)
[Credit: The Inner Circle] | Shiek Mahmud-Bey (left) Paris Jones (right)
Detroit filmmakers Paris Jones, playing Jonathan Rivers, and Shiek Mahmud-Bey, playing Dr Benjamin Taylor, are the brains behind the project.

“It was definitely tough balancing between producing the film and actually acting in the production as well,” Jones says in response to if whether or not being able to balance between co-producing and acting in the series was difficult for him.

The plot centers around 7 individuals, from different backgrounds, who all suffer from various cases of drug addiction. Dr. Benjamin Taylor is what you would define as a calm and controlled. As the Founder and Chief Psychiatrist at The Brentwood Center for Recovery, although his job is to try and help people, Dr. Ben also a few of his own demons that he’s forced to battle in his personal life. This Dr. certainly will have some explaining to do as this story unfolds.

Did I mention that his daughter may or may not be the root of the problem?

Some major plot twist my friends!

“We wanted to give everyone a good story that people will be able to attract to,” says Paris Jones.

The rehabilitation center was sponsored by the Detroit Recovery Project. Prior to production, cast members spent at least one night in this all male home to see just what’s it like to temporarily have to live in a recovery center.

So when character Roxy Raquel, played by actress Lanika Wise, says that they were sleeping in “lumpy a– beds” she literally meant that these beds were really lumpy and uncomfortable. It somewhat reminds me of having to sleep on those extra stiff blue cots in kindergarten!

Check out the series trailer below:

The creators of this intriguing series are hoping that with the right actors, actresses and local network partner, Detroit may have an original series that we can even continue to see 10 years down the line! You don’t wake up a drug addict, You don’t wake up homeless.

What do you think about this one-hour drama? Is this due to make an imprint in the film industry in Detroit?

Check out more behind the scene photo’s below: