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Director’s Statement

The inspiration for Crimson Love’s story started with my own. Not too long ago I used to be Mariah (literally, that was my working name). From 2010-2012 I worked as an escort in New York City and not necessarily because I wanted to, rather because I felt as though I had no choice. I was a prisoner of circumstance and I prayed a lot during this time, yes despite my lifestyle I had the audacity to pray. After sometime I had a radical spiritual encounter that stopped me in my tracks. I simply could no longer engage in a way of life that would continueto compromise myself and new found relationship with Love. I knew I wanted to tell this story in a bighearted way deserving of the Love, Forgiveness and Kindness I had received. In 2016 my ah-ha moment came and I felt as an actor the most powerful means of storytelling would be most fitting... a film. What or Who is love? Love is the most powerful force in the universe and yet gentle, patient and kind.When love is unrequited, it is devastated. A one-sided love always suffers agony. I wanted to portray Love made manifest in Jessie on a quest to reunite with his long lost love no matter what, no matter where. The one he yearns for but who doesn’t return his affection. Mariah is simply one person representing many who are the object of Love’s desire. What would it look like if Love actually went on a mission to be reconciled with the world one person at a time?


Director’s Statement