Three Corners of Deception film is based on true events of Dr. Meleeka Clary. It is our pleasure to speak to Meleeka regarding the making of her film and her work as a filmmaker.
What was the inspiration behind the making of your film?
My constitutional rights were being taking away from me concerning my Christianity. I was going to jail because I allowed my son to be baptized. I knew these judges were doing something wrong to me, but my voice was not loud enough for change. These judges have power and as a civilian I don’t. Therefore, I protested and then they heard my cry. The judge recused himself once I filed a tort claim and the 24 hours sentenced was moot. I believe that every person has the right of freedom of religion.
What is the most challenging aspect of working in this genre?
I believe that when a filmmaker develops a story to share with the world; they at times can be misunderstood of why? My reason for getting back into the entertainment industry was not the fame, but it was the best way I knew how to contribute towards a positive social awareness change in the world we are living today.
When did you realize that you wanted to work in media and make films and what was the first film project that you created as a director?
I knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry as earlier as 13 years old. However, I really did not think I was going to make my own film. So the making of the film was a new idea for me. With that being said, my motivation in completing this type of film was motivated more so for my children’s rights. Also, I wanted to have more power to do what I wanted to do. Therefore, as a woman I did not want to sacrifice my body or soul for a part of fame. In other words, in the past I have encounter some bad individual’s who tried to take advantage of me because they had the power to do so. As a result, I chose not to participate and I left the entertainment industry for 11 years. “Three Corners of Deception Movie” is my first film.
How did you choose the cast and the crew of the film and what was the most challenging aspect of production?
I developed an indeed account, backstage and word of mouth from others who knew some camera operators. The most challenging moments were getting the actors and actresses to believe in my story. Also, since my film was not a studio movie, some actors, actresses and camera members did not value my film; so it was easy for them to find another gig without completing my film. So I lost some on the way towards completion.
What at genre of filmmaking fascinates you as a director and which genres do you prefer to work on?
I believe that being a filmmaking gives one the ablity to bring a creation to life that can change someone’s thinking pattern. I think it is very fascinating to share moments and stories that one has went through in their life or contribute towards telling a wonderful story that can help someone else with their story of life.
How can cinema change the world and have an impact on society?
As a filmmaker we have the ability to contribute towards a social change and cinema allows us to do so. There are many ways that one can stand up regarding what they believe in; but utilizing cinema can have a positive impact that someone is going to listen.
What is your next film project as a director?
I have always wanted to write something from where I am from “Boston”, MA. So it is going to be something that will originate from my upbringing norms and helping towards understanding what is sisterhood the Boston way.
Thank you again so much for allowing me this opportunity by sharing my comments and views on your platform.