Thursday, April 14, 2011

Character profile: Clarence Knight from Silent Knight by Kimberly Ranee Hicks

Meet Clarence Knight from the thriller mystery Silent Knight. He's an aspiring film maker searching for a lost friend and making a documentary in the Projects, where he's forced to live after his family's suburban lifestyle falls to pieces.
CLARENCE KNIGHT is a warm, loving, intelligent and friendly person, when he gets to know you, but somewhat of a loner. His greatest weakness is being too trusting sometimes. It was his lifelong dream to become a film maker like the man whom he idolized as a child, Melvin Van Peebles. And later through his teenage years when an aspiring film maker, Spike Lee, hit the Hollywood scene that gave him more hope to finally fulfill his dream.

Clarence’s parents had every intention of sending their son to film school, but through tragedy, he didn’t think he would ever be able to go. Ironically, it was that tragedy which later helped to fund his college education. Clarence was originally from the suburbs of Crescent Hills, but his family was forced to move to the projects, a place in which he feared.

SILENT KNIGHT opens with Clarence going back to the place he vowed never to return, Woodland Heights. While he’s there paying his respects to his best friend’s father, Reggie Dunn, Sr., he decided to surprise his friend with a camera crew and create a documentary about their childhood, the way it was in the 70s. And he also had another reason for wanting to make the film, he was anxious to find out what happened to a friend of theirs named Marcus Paige.

Quotes from Clarence:

As Clarence thought back to something his baby sister, Gilda asked? “Clarence, what is this place? Where are the houses?” Those were very good questions Gilda asked, and I honestly had no answers for her, so I chose not to answer her at that moment. She yanked my hand harder. “Clarence, why are there so many windows to these big houses? Where’s the backyard?” Still in shock myself, “These aren’t big houses, Goodness Gilda, these are a bunch of apartments, better known as the Projects.”

“The rap group, Whodini, asked it best, Friends. . .how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on? Friends. . .before we go any further. . .let’s be Friends! No one knows this better than I, for I wouldn’t trade my best friends for anything in the world!” Clarence Knight, Film Maker.

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