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March 6, 2014

Local movie "Boys 2 Men" premieres to great public response

Niagara Gazette — When Niagara Falls musician Torez Lamar approached local filmmaker Orundi Colvin about making a music video, neither had any idea that they would end up selling out two theater showings with the result.

Lamar originally pitched an idea to make a movie for his rap group Money Boy Family. Colvin said he was more interested in making full-length movies than music videos, so Lamar pitched an idea for a movie he had, and that piqued Colvin’s interest.

“All they had was the title and they knew that it was going to be about four friends,” he said. “We took it from there and started from scratch.”

The film, appropriately titled “Boys 2 Men,” stars Lamar as Dante and tells the story of four childhood friends who grow up and hatch an idea to get rich that goes terribly, terribly wrong.

“It’s about four friends, brothers, who have come up with a scheme to get rich,” said Lamar. “It was a nice learning experience, and it was fun. Everything was shot locally. People would recognize scenes shot at Unity Park or on North Avenue.”

Nino Rodriguez, the actor who plays Dante’s brother Phillip, says his character gets in too deep with his friends’ get-rich-quick plan. The film shows him learning “hard life lessons” that could be applicable to real Niagara Falls youths.

“(Boys 2 Men) is very relatable,” Rodriguez said. “I think people will gravitate to it.”

Lamar added that he’s excited that he can make people sit up and take notice of not only his movie, but of the issue that it deals with, saying that he is excited that he can “encourage people and get them to open up their eyes.”

The script took Orundi 11 days to write, and the filming took about eight cold, October days to finish.

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