"Maybe there was a real Omar..."

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The Story
Have you seen The Wire on HBO? Do you remember Omar and how likeable he was? Well Omar wasn't entirely made up. David Simon, creator of The Wire, is on the record crediting some actual Baltimore gangsters from the 1980s and 90s as inspiring Omar. One of those men was named Anthony Hollie.

Long story short, Hollie went into the witness protection program, where he was given a new name and identity as Lovell Love, and he turned his life around. At his peak, Lovell led a nationally acclaimed inner city poetry group, called the Positive Peer Posse, that raised AIDS awareness in the inner city, won the governor's award and even performed for Maya Angelou. All of this while battling a drug addiction that began at age 13.

We want to tell the long version of this story: to dive in to what Anthony Hollie's criminal reputation was really like; to explore his insistence on preserving his family despite being in witness protection; to joining him on one of the most gripping journeys of atonement imagineable. The spectrum of this man's influence is too great not to be shared; from inspiring Emmy-caliber tv characters to keeping at-risk inner city teens from contracting AIDS.

As important as it is to watch all five seasons of The Wire to truly understand the interconnectedness of all the agencies of the city of Baltimore, it’s equally important to include people from as many different corners of Lovell Love’s life to get a full understanding of who he was as a person.

Donating to this fund will help us make the rest of this film. Interviewees are scattered from Baltimore to Los Angeles and getting around with film equipment isn’t cheap. When there is a new advancement or big update, we go to our donors first.

Not only does this story add context to an already awesome tv show, The Wire, but it also explores the boundaries of the human condition unlike ever before. Please join us on this extraordinary journey. No amount is too small.
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I'm excited to announce the official trailer for the film. Thank you so much for contributing to this project, I can't express how critical your participation has been! Enjoy and please share!!
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Hello everyone - July was so productive! I spent June 30 - July 31 between Cincinnati and Baltimore getting footage, doing research and conducting interviews. I'm happy to say that all of the Baltimore interviews have been completed and five of the Cincinnati interviews have been completed.

Quite possibly the best news of all is that I made contact with David Simon and Ed Burns, the creators of The Wire. I'm speaking with them next week and involving them will REALLY help to legitimize the story and increase marketability.

I have to return to Cincinnati for two more interviews and a legal issue arose in Baltimore so lawyer fees will be higher than expected. I'll also likely have to return to Baltimore to meet with the creators of The Wire so basically, I need more money. Please keep sharing this page with your networks and donate if you can.

Thank you SO much to everyone that has supported me during this project, both financially and otherwise. I genuinely couldn't do it without you!

Kyle
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Today would have been Anthony Hollie/Lovell Love's 68th birthday. It's also his son, Dante Hollie's birthday. I saw this note on the Instagram page (@NightAndDayMovie) and had to share.

To each of my supporters, take pride in being a part of bridging together a broken family. Courtland's words say it all...

If you haven't given, it's not too late. There are still lawyer fees, video editing costs, archive video licensing fees and narration costs among other expenses that still could use assistance. No amount is too small
Makes it all worth it...
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My four days in Baltimore were fruitful. I got to interview Hollie's two oldest living sons, Jay and Dante, also got some good b-roll from around West Baltimore and spoke to countless locals about their feelings on The Wire. The best moment, however, was undoubtedly getting to FaceTime Courtland while standing with her two older brothers, one of which she's never met in person. While this story is intriguing and sometimes jaw-dropping, it's the moments like those that really make this project worth it.

The buzz of this movie is spreading. After my interviews with Jay and Dante (children numbers one and three of six), the mother of son number two expressed an interest in participating.

With a return trip to Baltimore now necessary, I'm asking anyone that can donate or share this story to do so. I'll need to hire a videographer, get there and stay somewhere. I'd like to make that trip before July 31 when I head back to LA so any and all contributions are appreciated.

If you're not already, follow the Instagram page for updates @NightAndDayMovie, I'll get the website up soon.

Thanks so much to each and every donor as I honestly couldn't be doing this without you. Thanks for being a part of this amazing journey!
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Ebony Faith Kemp
20 months ago
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Rest In heaven Mr Love. Can't wait to see it on the big screen.

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Taylor Witten
15 months ago

Excited for you and best of luck on your project!

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Bob Goodwin
15 months ago

Good luck with your project KB!

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Hillary Cheng
15 months ago

YAY!

Ebony Faith Kemp
20 months ago
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Rest In heaven Mr Love. Can't wait to see it on the big screen.

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