Terror seeps into Indian neighborhoods as the attacks of a racist cult get out of hand.
But a vigilante emerges… Roy, an Indian college student attempts to fight the gang with the help of Maya, his guru, and healer.
Blinded by rage from his past, Roy needs to learn to control his emotions and take on the responsibility of protecting his people. Like his favorite superhero: Smack-Man.
The Dotbusters was a real hate group in New Jersey from 1975 – 1993. There are rumors that they returned in 2001, and again in 2010. Their goal was to get Indians out of America. A paper was published by the group, stating that “If an Indian is crossing the road and the time is right, they will beat him or her”. Several Indian families were affected by the Dotbusters during their active years.
By looking through generic Indian names on the phone book, the gang would track and beat Indians, usually into a coma. Many were injured. Several were killed. Hate crimes against Indians in America, and around the world still happen to this day. This film attempts to bring attention to these crimes and the gang’s brutal attacks.
Overall, Smack-Man will look like a classic comic book-inspired superhero movie like Sam Riami’s Spider-Man (2002) and Kick-Ass (2010). In certain scenes, It will have high contrast and saturated reds, yellows and blacks.
We are also taking inspiration from comic books like Robin Hood, Hip-Hop Family Tree, and The Phantom. There is so much movement and angles that make the characters exaggerate and we want to recreate that feeling on screen.
The superhero aspects throughout the film would feel fantastical for obvious reasons. However, in scenes that are a little more serious, the fantastical elements will be replaced with realism, inspired by movies about racism like American History X, and Blackkklansman.
Smack-Man Resurrected is deep into pre-production. The film is cast, the locations are set and we are currently working on production design and rehearsals. We plan on finishing shooting by September. The final film will be completed sometime in 2023. After submitting it to several film festivals, we will release the film online for the public once the circuit is complete.