Witness The Ultimate Payback In J. Lee’s New Film, “KARMA”
Imagine life without consequences, actions without reactions and sin without reproach. Envision a world in which we could all get away with doing wrong, where there is no moral equity or universal justice, and no rules or boundaries. Fortunately that world doesn’t exist. No sin goes unnoticed and without repayment.
Writer, director and producer J. Lee of J. Lee Productions, paints a seamless illustration of this concept in his new film, Karma. The creatively endowed playwright has finally taken his skills and passion for the arts to the big screen.
J. Lee discovered his love for writing early on. As high school Junior Class President, he put on his first major stage production as a fundraiser. Years later, he found himself presented with the same opportunity, but this time as president of JSU’s Marketing Association. “I got inspired while making the bed and this song came on, “Dangerously in Love,” and immediately a story came to mind. So I sat down at the computer and typed it up and we did it. It was an indescribable feeling seeing my words come to life on stage and the reaction that people were having to my words. I wanted that feeling again but didn’t know what to do about it.” It was one of Lee’s former college professors who urged him to pursue his passion. But at that time he was solely focused on his studies and career. “I don’t want to spend my life chasing dreams is what I told her.”
From the first production until now, and a few amazing ones in between, J. Lee Productions has become a highly anticipated creative brand; coming full-circle with his decision to rewrite his first stage production, “No Good Thing Comes to Those Who Do Wrong,” which is the film adaptation for Karma.
Karma is a “sexy, seductive” drama, packed with suspenseful yet humorous twists. But amidst all of the comedy and dramaKarma’s message is clear, “You get back what you put out there. A lot of times people do things and they don’t think about the long term outcome. This film shows what happens after you have done something that’s not right. It shows the consequences. It is the ultimate payback, and basically is a story about relationships and what happens when you knowingly wrong somebody.”
When asked how he directly relates to his film, J. Lee admits, “It relates to me because I’ve seen people receive bad Karma. There is always some truth in each story that I write, whether it be about me or someone that I know.”
Overall, Karma is an imperative concept for us to accept and to understand. It encourages us to become a more proactive and less reactive people. It also serves to deter us from the selfish thinking that causes us to mistreat others. When it’s all said and done, J. Lee wants to impart with us this one main thought, “I want people to be mindful of how they treat others and mindful of their actions. And know that Karma is real. What you put out into the universe has a direct correlation to what you receive. Mom used to always instill in me, treat people the way you want to be treated.”
Be sure to catch the live premier of Karma, on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Jackson Convention Complex (Jackson, MS). Tickets are on sale at TicketMaster and Eventbrite. Until then, get a sneak peak by viewing the online Karma movie trailer.
Connect with J. Lee Productions online:
Twitter & Instagram: @Jleeplays
BY FALLON VICTORIA for penperceptions.com