It is always nice to watch a film that shows the positive side of growing up in the inner city. As we have seen in past films, it seems that there is more focus on the gritting side of living in a troubled neighborhood. Although living in a distressed part of a city can be a tough reality sometimes, it is important for film goers to see that young people living in this stressful situation can make it out alive and do something positive with their lives. With right guidance or push kids from any background can succeed, become leaders in their community and even future influences on the world.
This is the case with the independent film entitled “Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions.” I was privileged to have the opportunity to screen the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. This film marks the theatrical debut from independent filmmaker and director Praheme. Although Praheme is new to the film industry, Director and Millennium Film Studios owner/actor Tim Reid has put his stamp on this project as a producer. Reid also has a small has a role in the movie.
The film was shot almost entirely throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia and the story centers around a young man by the name of Tristan who comes from a single parent household. The story also focuses on his mother’s quest to keep Tristan alive and away from the streets so she enlists him in joining the Scouts. She feels that if he is a part of this organization, he will keep out of trouble and learn the value of working with a team. Of course, like many of the young men in Tristan’s school he is reluctant to join a group that he considers lame, but as he gets involved, Tristan learns that the Scouts membership will be very instrumental in helping him become a mature young man.
The movie is very real and true to life and the situations are examples of what many people deal with daily, but at the same time it is also very inspiring. Troop 491 is a great story and a must-see for young people and their parents. The main lesson I received from the story was to learn to trust your own instincts and the power of real friendship.
For more information on the movie, check out the trailer here, on YouTube or Vimeo. In addition, the film is scheduled to be shown at the Arizona International Film Festival, April 12th at 7pm.