The first time we met Maurice Jamal was around 2000, at Ira's bar-b-q party during DC Black Gay Pride. He was leaving Oaktown and headed toward the big city to seek his fame and fortune. Since then, you could say that Maurice has made his mark; appearances on Chappelle’s Show and finally, in January '04, helming his first feature, The Ski Trip.
If you haven't seen or heard about the movie, it's a romantic comedy about life, love and the unexpected from a witty, black and gay perspective. The script and ensemble cast provide a Woody Allen-esque element, imagine Annie Hall or Hannah and Her Sisters meets Something's Gotta Give ... and the Ice Storm ... only with a fierce, blatino flava. The Ski Trip went on to become a darling of the indie festival circuit—"Best New Feature Film" at the Oakland Black Gay and Lesbian Film Festival—and tonight becomes the first black, gay feature to be broadcast on Logo.
In an interview at 7 Magazine—the new 'zine produced by NYC party promoter Nathan "Seven" Scott—Maurice says that the film's success demonstrates that the "impossible" ... is "possible."
It’s amazing to me. Here I am. Young, Black, Gay. Raised by a single parent. I am someone who society discounts and discards. And here I am. Making movies. Breaking ground. Pushing boundaries. And the audiences have been so embracing. It’s incredible. I am so happy. I feel so blessed.
It's a fresh, fun movie. Maurice's acting is just as strong as his direction; the script is funny, revealing and never drags. The ensemble cast is darling. There's plenty we could say about the film, but a few others have said it much better than we ever could:Interview with Maurice Jamal (7 Magazine) Interview with Nathan Hale (7 Magazine) Review: The Ski Trip (Keith Boykin) The Ski Trip (Official Website)
The world broadcast premiere of The Ski Trip is tonight, Sunday, July 17 at 10/est on Logo. Nationwide, that's Channel 263 on DirecTV. Check here for local carriers.