“Who Says A Man Can’t Cry” is a dramatic story of a young African American man, who is expected to live in the shadows of his militant alcoholic father. He endures physical and mental abuse, incarceration, death of his best friends, and attempts suicide. He goes through many emotional and spirituals modifications, that prepare him for his change into manhood.
TOMMY BARNETT, the main character, is a hard but sensitive, articulate young man, who is raised in the welfare laden Philadelphia Housing Project surrounding, but not bound by project mentality. He keeps his abuse by his father hidden from his mother. Only he and his brother Daryl share the truth. Tommy fearing his mother will throw his father out (taking their families only source of income with him) hungers for his fathers acceptance, love, understanding, and wisdom -- regardless to what his father does to destroy him. Tommy finds no matter how hard the fights, the inner conflict is too great and his self worth succumbs to vicious mental and physical thrashings by his father. Throughout the film there appears a young man, who arrives on the scene during tragedy. The man (unknown to Tommy) is Tommy’s inner man. He tries to help Tommy realize he must come to terms with his past and find his own value by building his inner self. Tommy chooses to reject the man-- thus, rejecting himself. Tommy becomes a street wise drug dealer, organized crime (untouchables) and will not acknowledge this man until he is brought to his knees. He has a near death experience during a suicide attempt, and experiences a highly dramatic life changing revelation. Tommy realizes he must become just like the person he has humiliated and disbelieved. He helps some of the very same people he has sold drugs to, and crusades to rebuild some of the families he has helped to destroy.
Our production also has extremely humorous moments. This film offers a combination of talent. Our film will bring to surface emotions that will water the eyes of the toughest man. The viewing audience will become involved in the transformation, as he becomes the man he wants to be.
The film offers a positive message to our young. It encourages them to build their inner self so that they can make their own positive mark on society.
Original script written by J. Inerje' Barrett, will offer some of the unknown artists the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. There is strong commitment by well known musical personalities, and has strong soundtrack potential.