Wil Lewis III’s “The Bag Girls” is now on TubiTV. And Youtube. And Amazon Prime, And Daily Motion. Immediately compared to other movies about empowered women who work to claim what is theirs, “the Bag Girls” is an indy production straight out of the D about four women who escalate their game each time with a bigger and bigger heist, until they get in over their heads.
Owner of L.B. Productions and UrbanCineplex Entertainment LLC film companies out of Detroit, MI, Lewis is a filmmaker who doesn’t believe in doing it the Hollywood way and specializes in putting controversial content and story-lines into his films. His films have a strong connection with street life because growing up in Detroit city, Lewis has seen it and has done it all. “The Bag Girls” reflects this gritty realism. It’s a movie that tells it as it is.
The story of twenty-seven-year-old Deandrea Smith, wife of prominent business owner Walter Smith.who, after she catches him in bed with another woman, is locked out of the house, find his mistress has moved in, and she is mailed her clothes. Consulting with a lawyer, she finds that he had had her relinquish rights to the house and business, causing her to become destitute and enraged with revenge
Confiding in her best friend, Nola Drake, an exotic dancer, Dee and Nola recruit two more women, Daisy, a street thug, and Crystal, a religious single mother, to help them execute a plan to steal $50,000 from Walter. As he wraps up business, and is closing the office, they break in and rob him, taking the money from his safe.
Maybe “The Bag Girls” does not have the star-power that the movie, “Set it Off,” a 1996 release starring Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, and Vivica A. Fox, it may be argued, on which this movie is based, the quartet of female actors in this film have the chops to pull off this urban narrative and do so convincingly, with, perhaps, not the same degree of polish as these other actresses, they make it work. ‘The Bag Girls” stars Crystal the Doll as Deandre, L.A. Love as Nola, Samantha 3d Na’Tee James as Daisy, and Carmen Mi’chelle as Crystal.
After they successfully rob Walter, the group decides to up their game and try their hands to grab bigger spoils. They come up with a plan to rob the Truth Gentlemen’s Club, Nola’s place of employment, dubbing themselves, “The Bag Girls.” Feeling it necessary to disguise their names, so they aren’t recognized during their robberies, they adopt the names of designer handbags. Gaining notoriety, “The Bag Girls’ are hired to do a job that’s way over their head when they go against Miami’s Cuban mafia.
“The Bag Girls” also stars Jamal Woolard as Vinnie, Alphonso Settles as Professor Jackson, Demaris Harvey as Jake, Dennis Marin as Cheva, and James Darnell as Walter, among others. Produced by Wil Lewis producer, Howard Patterson co-producer, Bennie Taylor associate producer, with cinematography by Johnny Flynn, film editing by Wil Lewis, “The Bag Girls” was filmed in its entirety in Detroit.
L.B. Productions and UrbanCineplex Entertainment LLC films may make some people uneasy about its content but the in-your-face way these films are made always starts a discussion about inner-city street life and a way to make a change. These are Lewis’ stories told his way.
Lewis made his first film The Life – “Sex, Drugs & Violence” in 2004, a Detroit city underground hit. For years after that, he perfected his craft by working on other projects big and small until 2013 when he executive produced, directed, wrote, and starred in “The Life – Sex, Drugs & Violence part II.”
In 2016, Wil co-executive produced, directed, and starred in “Motor City Living” a film that premiered locally to an overflowing theater and has been a Detroit city favorite film since it’s release.
In 2016, Lewis wrote, directed and executive produced the film “Switch” that has been the most popular drama on streaming platforms for an extended period of time and in 2018 he directed and executive produced the comedy film Dagram.
Currently, Wil is in production for his latest written and directed film “The Life – Sex, Drugs & Violence part III (The Final Chapter )” with a 2020 release date also.
Lewis was a kid that grew up in the hood, made it through all the dealings that come with living the street life and make it to become a film company owner. That’s a success story that can be mimicked by the many kids who are still in those situations for generations to come.