Page Kennedy releases this very powerful video titled “The Shoot”.
Page KennedyÂ is well known for his acting, having played roles in such iconic shows asÂ Weeds, Rush Hour, BackstromÂ andÂ Blue Mountain State, to say nothing of his many film roles. It seems to be a fairly well-kept secret though that he is also an accomplished rapper even though it is something he has been doing since the age of seven;Â but all that is about to change. Right before leaving for New Zealand, where he joinsÂ Jason StathamÂ andÂ Ruby RoseÂ for pre-production ofÂ “Meg”,Â the Detroit native dropped the first video from his upcoming full-length project,Â “Torn Pages.”
“The Shoot”Â was shot entirely from a first-person perspective as Page addresses the barrageÂ of police shootings the nation has been bombarded with recently. When asked why he would tackle such a controversial subject at a time that celebrities are taking a lot of flack for doing so, Page, who insists the video is not anti-copÂ states,Â â€œI feel that after the initial outcry, the public can become desensitized to heinous events like this to a degree because of movies and television but also because police shootings like these happen far too often. The images on the news play on repeat and the victims become news stories, statistics.Â As a black man in America, I asked myself what if that was me or my son this happened to. And what I felt was so visceral and overwhelming that I began to write instinctively wanting to humanize the victims as real people. To talk about their fears and emotions, thoughts and instincts as they live their final momentsâ€¦when they realize this is their reality, and how the human spirit reacts and makes decisions, good or bad, faced with its imminent mortalityâ€™.”Â
Ironically, in one of those bizarre moments when life imitates art, the police showed up to the set andÂ began driving repeatedly by the location and finally surrounded the crew just as Page and his son were enacting his final moments. Fortunately they left without further incident, but this left everyone on set reinforced in the conviction that this was an important story to tell.
“Torn Pages”Â features cameos fromÂ Royce da 5’9, Crooked I, Mr. Porter, Elzhi, Fred the Godson, Trick Trick, Kuniva, King LosÂ and a very special collaboration withÂ Marcia AmbrosiusÂ andÂ will likely have an early 2017 release date.