Lesson Before Love

| February 26, 2014

Lesson Before Love is a new movie from Breaking Glass Films that explores love, as four aspiring African-American professionals meet under weird circumstances that might have signaled love between the four of them, but love only seemed to catch fire with two of them. But within all four lives, Derick, Alexis, Cullen and Janae all learned valuable lessons to help them go on with their shattered lives.

Lesson Before Love is the debut feature of writer/director Dui Jarrod. In the vein of Love Jones, Love & Basketball and The Best Man, Lesson Before Love is a contemporary story of young people trying to find their way—and if love is thrown in the mix—well all the better.

The film was a hit on the festival circuit, taking home the Best Drama Award at the San Diego Black Film Festival, the Audience Award at Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, and screened at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Bronze Lens Film Festival, and New Voices in Black Cinema.

Eric, Alexis, Cullen and Janae are all single and unsatisfied living their monochromatic lives. The contentious, first time meeting between on-line chat buddies, Eric and Alexis, brings about a torrent of emotion as they all meet up for a night on the town. After which, they begin to experience love lessons that force them to search their own hearts and passion for the love that has long eluded them.

Director Jarrod said, “Every young filmmaker has a hope and a dream. Most times, that dream involves access to their work on a grand scale. When I sat down to write this project, I could never have never our film getting nationwide DVD distribution. It’s a fitting beginning to my film career and fitting end to this film.”

Lesson Before Love is a nice provocative movie that shows each person in a light where they decide they will follow the dreams they have had for years. Derick decides to quit his job, after having saved up enough money to tide him over for a couple of years, to pursue his dreams of producing music. Cullen has his eyes on publishing his own sleek magazine catered to the professional African-American male. Alexis finally comes clean that she is not all that she purports to be and in the interim finds compassion and true love with Derick. Janae gives up the dreams that she had of marrying a controlling football player and learned her lesson of passion and just living her life and completing college.

This ensemble connected very well with one another, and Lesson Before Love is a great, clean film, without profanity and gratuitous sex. The characters have time to develop, and the film lets audience members in on the possibilities that can be achieved when one is focused on his or her dream.

Lesson Before Love is available on DVD February 25, and the product includes an audio commentary with director Jarrod & producer/director of photography Tyler Dixon, promos with the crew, a featurette on the director, and bonus trailers.

For more information, visit www.lessonbeforelove.com.



About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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