'Finding Me' is the story of a young man who is trying to figure out and make sense of his life; from getting ahead and making something of himself, his aspirations, the struggle he faces with his sexuality, and standing up to his Caribbean-born father.
Faybien can't seem to get it right, which is amplified ten-fold by his father's expectations because he drops out of school, has a mall job, and looks different...things his father assumes Faybien's deceased mother would not approve of. Already shy, uncomfortable, and insecure with himself, he relies on the strength of his best friends--Amera, the feisty yet talented singer, and Greg, the bisexual but knowledgeable realist--to get him through. Faybien is thrown for a loop when he meets Lonnie, who he sees at the bus stop every day on his way to work, and they begin a journey of getting to know each other that sometimes seems impossible because Faybien is always second guessing who they are and having doubts about Lonnie. When things reach a breaking point between Faybien and his father, Faybien's back is pushed against the wall and he is forced to take a second look at all his relationships, making some powerful decisions in the end.
The strongest acting performances were probably done by the actors portraying the Lonnie and Amera character; the actor portraying Faybien has some work to do in my opinion, which could be because he reveals that he is actually heterosexual in the Special Features interviews, but he pulls through where it counts. I sort of felt with the DVD cover and reading the back cover that the actor portraying Lonnie was actually the lead Faybien, or how it would make more sense if the roles were reversed and the more masculine actor would be portraying the man struggling with his sexuality, but it actually worked as presented, and will probably open more minds. I felt the Jay character was a bit over the top and stereotypical, and probably could've been cut out. Didn't quite understand why the Cory character shows up in some of the photos and on the actual DVD as he was only in the film for less than 5 minutes. It is apparent that this is a low-budget film by some of the problematic cinematography shots, such as lighting and cuts between scenes, and some of the sets such as offices, clubs, and lounges, but it's easy to get past all of that.
Again, this is yet another gay-themed product where the males have to have nice bodies and be shirtless in the photos that have nothing to do with anything, but I guess that is something that will just never change. Special Features to the DVD include 3 behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.
With the commitment, dedication, and love for this project that all involved had, 'Finding Me' is yet another solid and positive Black gay film release.