You’ll see that these officers are humans; they are not robots.Both visually and in audio quality, the film’s high production value is an achievement for Dotson, who is a first-time director and chose to bypass short films and make his first production full feature length. Inspired by directors Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer), and John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Dotson’s first film aims for realism and a multidimensional portrayal of an officer’s life. “Officers, we’re human,” says Dotson. “There’s a lot of mistakes that they make. There’s a lot going on in their personal lives, and just like with you, there’s only a certain amount of things I can say to you before you get offended. You’ll see that these officers are humans; they are not robots. And this officer in the film, he has real things in his life, and these are real problems he’s having.”
The Cliff screens at the Cap City Black Film Fest this Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Festival passes and more details are available online.