I recently sat down with J.M. Benjamin, Plainfield’s critically acclaimed author of over a dozen books, including Essence Best Seller “Ride or Die Chick” and award-winning “Down in the Dirty.” Before the success, which has lead him to the cusp of producing a feature film based on one of his other novels, Mr Benjamin spent twelve years in several different prisons. We sat down and discussed Plainfield, writing, incarceration and re-entry, prison activism, and, of course, “My Manz,” the movie to be shot in this city.
Before we get started, please make a donation to the kickstarter campaign for this film. There are only five days left, and as kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, it’s crucial to reach the goal before the end of that time period. The money raised will be used to shoot the first ten minutes of the film, which will help secure the rest of the…
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