What is the MOG-Blog?
This is where you can get updates and information on Men of Gray III — Midnight Robber (aka Liberty in the Fires) as it progresses from concept to release. We (writer-director Ric Moxley and actor-producer G. Anthony Joseph) also provide some trivia and facts from our first two Men of Gray movies.
Then, What is “MOG III”?
MOG III (Men of Gray, Part 3) began conceptually in November, 2008, as G. and I (that’s producer and actor G. Anthony Joseph and writer-director Ric Moxley) spent several evenings at his home discussing our political beliefs and, separately, what kind of movie we would like to make next. Over the next two months, these two conversation threads morphed into a single discussion: how to create a commercially viable movie that would also advance (or at least support) our social principles.
From these brainstorming sessions, we formed a basic story concept that got us both pretty jazzed. In March 2009, I drew up a story synopsis that G. felt captured the essence of our moviemaking and political passions. He immediately set about funding efforts for a film with a working title for the movie’s international release as Liberty in the Fires. For Trinidad & Tobago release, it’s Men of Gray III – Midnight Robber.
Of course, that roman numeral three in the title rather begs the question — if this is MOG III, then what is Men of Gray I and II?
If you are from Trinidad & Tobago, you probably already know since both movies were shot entirely in Trinidad & Tobago, where they are still televised frequently and have developed an online following of Trinbago citizens around the globe. I’ll create MOG blog entries about this new story’s “back story” or history, borne as it is from the two earlier movies.
For non-Trini’s, the short story, as intro’d in the first two Men of Gray movies is this; Joe Cameron is a dedicated and passionate Caribbean police officer, proud to wear his gray-colored police uniform and to uphold the values for which it stands. Over the past 20 years, Joe has climbed the ranks, continuing to serve and protect the citizens of his beloved homeland at great personal cost, as the first two movies showed. MOG3 picks up Joe’s story where Men of Gray II — Flight of the Ibis left off; nearly a decade later, the burden of service to his country grows harder daily due to the country’s worsening social ills, including skyrocketing crime, crumbling infrastructure, and government corruption and waste. Liberty in the Fires (Men of Gray III — Midnight Robber) will put Joe’s principles to the test as he struggles to do the right thing in a time and place where the wrong thing usually wins the upper hand.
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