Check out a new web series from writer/director Sylvester K. Folks , titled “The Ghost and the Negro” – a mystery/thriller about a man who must seek the help of a ghost to clear his name, when he’s framed of murder. The project was an official selection of the 2016 LA Film Festival in June.
Official synopsis: Sydney Smith is a religious skeptic struggling to keep his family’s Afrocentric bookstore afloat. When Hattie, a wandering self-proclaimed ghost hunter, visits the bookstore searching for tales of the supernatural, Sydney soon finds himself the primary suspect for a rash of bizarre murders linked to his store. To prove his innocence he’s forced to join Hattie on an investigation that takes them beyond the realm of the living.
The series cast includes Demise Harp, Daniela Cobb, Michael Snead, Faith Bruner, Josh Carples, and Jamila Turner.
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, and also a writer and producer of stage plays, with a series of short films and a feature on his resume, the filmmaker had this to say about his “Ghost and the Negro” web series and its creation: “Growing up I’ve been a huge fan of murder/mystery type films. Watching Alfred Hitchcock presents as a kid was the start of that for me. One day while watching a particular horror film that was a sequel, I noticed none of the ghost’s were black. It was a funny realization at first, but then I remembered growing up under my grandparents, no one ever told ghost stories or urban legends to me. So I thought how awesome it would be to take a character that doesn’t believe in any form of spirituality or afterlife and place him right in the middle of a chaotic battle between the living and the dead. I believe we learn so much more about ourselves and what we’re meant for in life if we lower the walls of doubt and fear and just open our minds and hearts to new ideas and theories.”
Watch episodes 1, 2 and 3 below.