violet hour

A film by Mark Allen

Tom Freed is a young African-American living in South Los Angeles. With
support from his wife, he puts himself through gay-conversion therapy to
cure his sexual desires. When a Christian psychologist, the group session
leader, gives a lesson on curing his desires through masculine activities,
Tom finds inspiration at a basketball court. While there, he sees the ultimate
representation of masculine authority in “the hood” – a gun. When his wife
tells him to throw the gun away, he refuses, making a fateful decision and
ultimately pulling the trigger.


Mark Allen (writer/director) presents a raw, devastatingly quiet snapshot
of how anti-gay messages and sentiments are sometimes translated and
perceived differently, particularly by an urban, African-American culture in
South Los Angeles.

Born February 10, 1987, Mark grew up in San Diego, California before
moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Frank W. Cox High School
in Virginia Beach, before attending The American University in
Washington, D.C.

After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors of Art in Law & Society, Mark
entered the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. There he was
the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of “The Berkeley Journal of
Entertainment & Sports Law”. He was also a member of the prestigious
“California Law Review”. He earned a Juris Doctor in 2012 and has worked
in a legal capacity for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Fenwick & West, LLP.

Mark is a film student at the U.S.C. School of Cinematic Arts, where he is
working toward his Master in Fine Arts in Film & Television Production. He
has previously worked for Barry Josephson at Josephson Entertainment and
The Masses, the production company of the late Heath Ledger.