Kirk Smith gets in the GAME
BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
KIRK Smith is the first to tell you he has had a roller-coaster life. Once a deejay and show promoter known as 'Killah Krome', his career was sidelined by a stretch in an American prison.
The challenges he has faced inspired GAME, an independent movie he produced at a cost of US$100,000.
Directed by Jimmy Blanco (an American of Jamaican parentage), it is scheduled to open this summer at Linden Multiplex in Brooklyn.
Smith, who is from Kingston, says he spent five years in prison. He credits his time behind bars for opening his eyes to a new life, but those dreams seemed dashed when a car accident left him unable to walk.
Smith, however, defied the odds and regained use of his legs. Overcoming adversity, he said, inspired GAME.
Shot entirely in New York City, GAME is not entirely autobiographical. According to Smith, his debut film offers more than just action.
"There is no Jamaican movie out with the special effects or visual effects you will see in this movie," he told Splash.
GAME surrounds Jamaica-born Krome, who migrated to New York City where he learned to hustle the tough streets.
"With his street smarts he sparks up a turn of deadly events with the king of New York City, 'Dreams', played by Stokley Brown from the movie Bashment," Smith explained.
There is conflict between the two over a woman (Terry), played by Melasha Thomas, who also appeared in Bashment.
Deejay General B of Monster Shack Crew plays (Trenchtown) Terry's hothead cousin who flies in from Jamaica after Dreams sent word to him that Krome killed his cousin.
Because he had no experience in the movie business, Smith relied heavily on co-director Blanco also fresh out of New York
GAME has whetted Smith's appetite for making films. He is already working on another move called Street Life.