Local filmmaker debuts movie at Martin Theater


Tumbling will premiere with two showings at the Martin Theater in Panama City.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Tumbling, the first movie from filmmaker Shameka Raines, a 1998 graduate of Port St. Joe High School, will debut April 20 at the Martin Theater in Panama City.

The urban film tells the story of five members of an organized crime unit who end up fighting for revenge, power and greed.

“Life is about choices, and each one has a consequence,” said Raines of the movie’s theme.

The Port St. Joe native, who wrote, directed, and produced the movie under the name Brooklynn Winters, spent the last three years working on the film after the idea struck her in 2009.

In order to see it through to the screen, she overcame the hurdles of minimal funds, limited resources and no connections in the film world.

“I didn’t know how make the movie,” said Raines, “So I had to do 92 percent of everything.”

Her first obstacle was to create a crime film that didn’t glorify drugs and displayed a fresh take on the genre.

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