Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pearl Cleage's novels inch closer to the big screen

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Pearl Cleage and filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira
  • Pearl Cleage and filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira

It’s kind of hard to believe that no one in Hollywood has ever made a film adaptation based on the books of local author Pearl Cleage. You’d think a movie industry that seems so starved for ideas would tap the works of Cleage, especially seeing as how her novels have repeatedly appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List — and one book (What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day) was even picked for Oprah’s high-profile Book Club. But alas, none of Cleage’s tales have made it onto the big screen ... until, perhaps, now.

A few weeks ago, Cleage and filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira (Alma’s Rainbow) announced the launch of the Pearl Cleage Film Project. The project reportedly came about from Chenzira merely asking Cleage if she could bring her novels to the screen (Cleage said “yes”). Now, the duo is slated to adapt two of Cleage’s novels: the previously mentioned What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and Babylon Sisters.

Chenzira — along with producers Dana Offenbach (MOOZ-lum) and Tandria Potts (A Cross to Bear) — and the rest of the Pearl Cleage Film Project team is currently in talks with potential investors. To learn more about the project visit,

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