Compensation


1h 32m 1999

Brief Synopsis

Inspired by a 1906 poem from early African American writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, this unique drama explores aspects of Black culture in both turn of the century and present day Chicago in two parallel love stories, both about the relationship between a Deaf woman and a hearing man. The narrative re

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Period
Romance
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Alpha Cine; National Archives; National Endowment For The Arts; New York Public Library

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

Inspired by a 1906 poem from early African American writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, this unique drama explores aspects of Black culture in both turn of the century and present day Chicago in two parallel love stories, both about the relationship between a Deaf woman and a hearing man. The narrative revovles around two couples, Malindy & Arthur and Malaika & Nico, respectively taking place at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. Both pairs revel in the splendor of romance and a possibel lifetime of committment only to be forced to deal with the dreaded disease of their different times: tuberculosis and AIDS. This multi-layered film tackles various issuesa that arise in the relationships of these "mixed" couples. Capturing the silent film era, the film uses historic still photographs, ornate titles cards, and a complex audio design to convey the stories of these two star-crossed lovers.

Cast

Michelle A Banks

Malaika Brown; Malindy Brown

Nirvana Cobb

Children'S Library Reader; Tildy Evans

L C Satterfield

Minister Greeting Migrants

John Earl Jelks

Arthur Jones; Nico Jones

Lise M Tillman-wilson

Malvina--Tildy'S Mother; Migrant At Calvery Church

Crystal Barnes

Tildy'S Auntie Nidia

K Lynne Stephens

Aminata Brown--Malaika'S Sister

Angela Roberts

Malaika'S Mom

Christopher Smith

Bill Young--Malaika'S Best Friend

Kevin L Davis

Tyrone--Nico'S Best Friend

Jen Evans

Jazz Club Emcee

Lisa Brock

Period Movie Player

Reginald R Robinson

Period Movie Player

Otis Cunnigham

Period Movie Player

Issac White

Nico'S Neighbor

Edith Mcloud-armstrong

Mrs Emily Brown

Amaker Johnson

Young Girl At Library

Bonnie Koss

Asl Interpreter

Iverson White

Pastor King

Portia Cobb

Children & Parents At Library

Lawrence Cox

Children & Parents At Library

Kemesha Gray

Children & Parents At Library

Rose Johnson

Children & Parents At Library

Quentin Milroe

Children & Parents At Library

Megan Milroe

Children & Parents At Library

Paula A Milroe

Children & Parents At Library

Chivita Lashaye Norwood

Children & Parents At Library

Gina Marie Jones Segree

Children & Parents At Library

Sanford Brantley

Jazz Club Patron

Lee Ann Davis

Jazz Club Patron

James S Davis

Jazz Club Patron

Ronn Davis

Jazz Club Patron

La Donna De'heir

Jazz Club Patron

Rachel Dixon

Jazz Club Patron

Patsy Duff

Jazz Club Patron

Sharon Harper

Jazz Club Patron

Scottie Humphries

Jazz Club Patron

William Johnson

Jazz Club Patron

Jonathan Kuykindall

Jazz Club Patron

Lorenzo Martin

Jazz Club Patron

Joanne C Willis

Jazz Club Patron

Craig E Downs

Migrant At Calvery Church

Christian Young Miller

Migrant At Calvery Church

Nikki Wilson

Asl Classroom Student; Migrant At Calvery Church

Enos Williams

Migrant At Calvery Church

Tiffany Dickerson

Asl Classroom Student

Miyoshi Grant

Asl Classroom Student

Jean V Garrison

Asl Classroom Student

Randll W Sanders

Asl Classroom Student

Charles Douyon

Deaf Club Pool Patron

Theresa King

Deaf Club Pool Patron

Verna Joyce Mackerl

Deaf Club Pool Patron

Harold Perry

Deaf Club Pool Patron

Devon Whitmore

Deaf Club Pool Patron

Maria Arroyo

Print Shop

Marco Otayalo

Print Shop

Jose G Lopez

Print Shop

Marc Arthur Chery

Stockyard Man

Robert E Herndon

Stockyard Man

Ford Wright

Stockyard Man

Atiba Y Jali

Performer

Reginald B Robinson

Performer

Bill Johnson

Isaac White

Crew

Andrew Arbetter

Period Music Recording Engineer

Genevieve Ash

Sound Mixer

Elizabeth Austin

Other

Maggie Bandur

Other

Eugene Barksdale

Boom Operator

Kevin Beauchamp

Adr/Foley

Dana Briscoe

Associate Producer

Dana Briscoe

Production Manager

Dana Briscoe

Editor

Ann Marie Bryan

2nd Assistant Director

Celia Bucci

Production Coordinator (Library Crew)

Patrick Burns

Period Music Recording Engineer

Bridget A Camden

Costume Assistant

Mary Carbine

Additional Period Research

Marc Arthur Chery

Producer

Marc Arthur Chery

Screenwriter

Dennis A Coffey

Set Construction

Lynda Cohen

Gaffer

Stephanie Coleman

Office Manager

Jeff Conrad

Gaffer (Library Crew)

Cathy C Cook

Set Construction

Cathy C Cook

Production Designer

Liz Cosgrove

Titlecard Designer

Jamie Crausman

Archival Photo Production (Visual Productions)

Zeinabu Irene Davis

Editor

Zeinabu Irene Davis

Producer

Jennifer Deaton

Script Supervisor

Rik Delisle

Director Of Photography (Beauty Shots & 'Railroad Porter' Period Movie)

Paul Demarte

Gaffer

Pierre H L Desir

Storyboards

Pierre H L Desir

Editorial Consultant

Pierre H L Desir

Director Of Photography

Tiffany Dickerson

Production Assistant

Kenneth Dixson

Other

Craig Downs

Production Assistant

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Other

George Eastman

Photography

R Scott Eddins

Sound Mixer

R Scott Eddins

Set Construction

Janina Edwards

Art Director

Jen Evans

Grip

Marco Fagnoli

Key Grip (Library Crew)

Asma Feyijinmi

Other

George Fitz

Other

Ron Forsythe

Director Of Photography (Library Crew)

Mike Frank

Sound Editor

Damon Furburg

Grip

Jean Garrison

Vocalist ("Compensation" & "Malaika")

Julia Gibbs

Grip

Sandi Gold

Set Construction

Miyoshi Grant

Production Assistant

Chey Greene

Key Makeup Artist

Seth Greene

Sound Mixer

Tom Gunning

Editorial Consultant

Carol Hanks

Grip

Maria Ines Hernandez

Production Assistant

Robert Herndon

Production Assistant (Library Crew)

Madaleine Hillsberg

Other

Mike Holloway

Optical Soundtrack (Optical Sound/Chicago)

Rebecca Hozinsky

Other

Greg Jackson

Assistant Camera

Atiba Y Jali

Other

Atiba Y Jali

African Instrumental Score Engineer; Contemporary Music Score; Drums; Music

John Earl Jelks

Adr/Foley

John Earl Jelks

Assistant Producer

Robert H Jelks

Adr/Foley

Doris Owanda Johnson

Vocalist On African Prayer Song

Leigh Jones

Adr/Foley

Angela Kates

Production Assistant

Jim Kendrinck

Titlecard & Credit Photography (Kinetics)

Bonnie Koss

Other

Kelly Krotine

Other

Richard Leider

Grip

Matthew Mcclintock

Other

Mark Messing

Alto Sax

Mark Messing

Sound Mixer

Christine Minor

Grip (Library Crew)

Christine Minor

Electrician

Sean Mo

Electrician

Dennis Mueller

Archival Research

Julie Murphy

Set Construction

Julie Murphy

Production Assistant

Hope Anne Nathan

Production Assistant

Dave Northcutt

Property Master

Dave Pavkovich

Assistant Sound Editor

Lu Peak

Negative Cutter & Conforming (Peak Conformers)

Rebecca Pope

Electrician

Heather Priest

Production Assistant

Tracey L Redmond

Production Assistant

Ulli Reichhold

Other

Adam Robinson

Assistant Producer

Reginald B Robinson

Music; Period Music Score

James E Rohlehr

Guitar & Udu Recordist

Bruce Ronn

Grip

Ann Rossetti

Assistant Camera

Rob Rownd

Grip

Kimber Russell

Other

Bea Santiago-munoz

Production Assistant

Pam Schmidt

Sound Mixer

Roell Schmidt

Costume Coordinator (Library Crew)

Klaus Schuller

Sound Mixer

Greg Scordato

Assistant Producer

Bill Scott

Other

Liz Sheets

Costume Designer

Allan J Siegel

Editorial Consultant

Ron Small

Sound Mixer

Dorian Sylvain

Set Construction

Marie-francoise Theodore

Adr/Foley

Paula Timm

Key Hair

Makiko Watanabe

Assistant Camera (Library Crew)

Sean Watson

Grip

Yvonne Welbon

Adr/Foley

Yvonne Welbon

Associate Producer

Yvonne Welbon

Assistant Director

Devon Whitmore

Still Photographer

Angela Wood

Sound Recordist (Library Crew)

Ford Wright

Production Assistant (Library Crew)

Julia Zay

Production Assistant (Beauty Shots & 'Railroad Porter' Period Movie)

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Period
Romance
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Alpha Cine; National Archives; National Endowment For The Arts; New York Public Library

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Recipient of the Gordon Parks Directing Award from the Independent Feature Project at the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM).

Released in United States February 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States June 1999

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States Winter January 1, 2000

Shown at Atlanta Film and Video Festival June 12-20, 1999.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 17-24, 1999.

Shown at Pan African Film & Art Festival in Los Angeles February 10-21, 2000.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Planet Africa) September 9-18, 1999.

Recipient of the 199 Reel Black Award for Outstanding Film, Black Film and Video Network.

American Sign Language

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 2000

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Pan African Film & Art Festival in Los Angeles February 10-21, 2000.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at Atlanta Film and Video Festival June 12-20, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 17-24, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Planet Africa) September 9-18, 1999.)