When the independent film Snow On Tha Bluff premiered in Atlanta a couple of years ago (and later on DVD), Curtis Snow's day-in-the-life depiction of a street-hard D-boy was so realistic that viewers couldn't tell if his on-screen portrayal was exaggerated role play or a crime-ridden close-up on his everyday struggle.
In his newly released autobiography, "My Name is Curtis Snow and I'm a G," readers will find out where the man and the movie delineate, if at all. Just as the film was set in the notorious neighborhood known as "the Bluff" on Atlanta's Westside (just blocks from the Georgia Dome), Snow's book finds him navigating those same streets.
In what could be the most menacing video trailer for a book spawned from a movie ever, Snow narrates his plain-spoken intro over an eerie track titled "Letters" (with production credited to VFresh). (See trailer above.)
Snow On Tha Bluff's hood-film-meets-Blair Witch aesthetic - which also endured pointed criticism over whether it was exposing the harsh reality of life in the hood or further exploiting it - gets some necessary contextualization in the book, according to the press release:
"The book shows the progression of Curtis Snow as a man and how he dealt with life including the death of his brother, mother and cousin all in one week. It's a true reality check of the shocking events he lived through that most people will never experience in their lifetime," explains Snow's manager David Kwon Kim.
In the book, Snow introduces a new definition of the "hood" term "G" as a "genius" instead of gangster, referencing the fact that he and others like him couldn't have made it through their tough upbringing without creative brain power. "I know people will be able to relate to what I went through when they read my book. It's going to make you feel something... you'll get mad, you'll laugh, you may cry. But everything is true," says Snow. In the book, the new author also mentions how his film deal for "Snow on the Bluff" was a tough learning experience and how he's been taken advantage of since the movie was released.
Fans of the film can expect more details in the book of certain portions depicted in the movie, as well as a myriad of new information providing a real glimpse into how Curtis Snow became who he is today. "I know people have been through some of the same things I have. I want to encourage them... don't give up. Some of the best talent is on the street. If you have God-given talent, use it," notes Snow.
The aspiring actor is also working on a DGK skateboard collaboration with acclaimed director John Singleton, which will include an exclusive T-shirt and board.
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