2002-07-27 / Community

‘Blue Knight’ With A

Heart of Gold Films Documentary
By Gary G. Toms

'Blue Knight' With A
Heart of Gold Films
Documentary
By Gary G. Toms


Cooper warns parents that certain scenes will be very intense. "Once that camera rolls, I ask you all to remain calm for your child's sake."Cooper warns parents that certain scenes will be very intense. "Once that camera rolls, I ask you all to remain calm for your child's sake."

A youth awareness documentary, "The Mission Is Possible", was filmed at the Queens Public Library's Arverne Branch this week, which is bound to receive rave reviews. Four ex-cons (three males and one female) are featured in rap sessions with at risk youth and parents from the Rockaway area.

The project was a collaboration between Boedai Entertainment, Real 2 Reel, and the following sponsors: BEST BUY, The Queens Public Library, DuArt Film & Video, Entenmanns and the Weed and Seed Program. Kelli Cooper, also known as "Kelli C", the founder, President, and CEO of Boedai Entertainment, was a producer on the film. She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1984, and continued her education at St. Francis College, where she earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Communications in 1989.

It was also in 1989 that Cooper joined the New York City Police Department. In 1996, she was named Police Officer of the Year, and she is currently a delegate in the Guardians Association, an organization within the NYPD consisting of black law enforcement representatives. Her present assignment is Youth Officer at the 114th Precinct.


The crew prepares to film "The Mission is Possible."The crew prepares to film "The Mission is Possible."
Crewmembers place microphones on the four ex-cons, who are (left to right) Elsun Birmingham, Maria Santana, Raheem Bernard Harley, and Justice Stewart.Crewmembers place microphones on the four ex-cons, who are (left to right) Elsun Birmingham, Maria Santana, Raheem Bernard Harley, and Justice Stewart.

Kelli Cooper is the driving force behind this powerful film. "If this helps kids take a different path, then I've done what I was put here to do," said Cooper.Kelli Cooper is the driving force behind this powerful film. "If this helps kids take a different path, then I've done what I was put here to do," said Cooper.
During a critical point in the film, Cooper had to restrain a young man when he stormed off the set after a confrontation with ex-cons (Harley and Stewart) during filming. "You think doing time is a joke. You think being a thug is keepin' it real? Let me tell you something! It ain't no g-damn joke!" yelled Harley.During a critical point in the film, Cooper had to restrain a young man when he stormed off the set after a confrontation with ex-cons (Harley and Stewart) during filming. "You think doing time is a joke. You think being a thug is keepin' it real? Let me tell you something! It ain't no g-damn joke!" yelled Harley.

Kids who have a history of being in trouble prepare to meet the ex-cons.                                                   Photos by Gary G. TomsKids who have a history of being in trouble prepare to meet the ex-cons. Photos by Gary G. Toms

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