©2019 by Daniel Glick

The Darkest Place

June 6, 2019

“You gotta alight the night right or you’ll bite the psych fight,
you see this level dishevels the rebel reveling in hindsight.”

 

When I wrote that, something sparked alive in me. First, it was disbelief. It’s not Shakespeare, not Black Thought, Jay Z or Lin Manuel Miranda, but as I spoke those lines I thought, “I wrote that? Where the hell did that come from?”

I had been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on loop for months and the rhymes had infected my brain like a virus. Every day, almost every hour, some line from that musical was pulsing on repeat until the point when the pressure was too much and I decided that I needed to let these rhymes out of my head.

 

The trailer for The Darkest Place.

 

I revisited an old short film script that I had written – a simple story about a person stuck in their own mind and a second person who helps them escape. It had been a cathartic script designed to break me out of a morning depression, but I couldn’t find the actors to realize a production of it. It sat on the shelf for a year, but now returning to it, I saw the seeds of something new. Why couldn’t I translate this into rhyming verse? Why not try?

 

So I threw the script away and started again from scratch.

 

From almost the start, the verses flowed out of me and damn, it was FUN. It was like discovering a secret about myself that I had never known. I mean, I knew I liked hip hop. I grew up in Brooklyn and hip hop was all around me. When I was 10 years old I could rap along with DMX through his entire first album, but I never, ever thought about writing rhymes myself.

 

Try to imagine this young boy rapping with DMX. Hard to envision, huh? 

 

But I was determined. I thought, "If I'm gonna write this, I'm gonna make this." and reached out to a poet friend who connected me with a couple of talented actors. A few months later, we were filming the thing in a dark cabin in Ithica, NY.

 

We shot from dusk til dawn, slept a couple of hours, then went home.

And now, the short is complete. It’s not perfect, given how quickly we had to shoot it with a crew of 2, but I love it.

 

More important, it feels like the beginning of something for me. 

 

The poster for The Darkest Place

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