“Volatile! Intimate and never condescending, Ms. Hadleigh-West’s on-the-fly shooting
style opens a portal to an alien land, a corner of America where many whites fear to tread.” – Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times
“Player Hating is one of the more intimate and revealing looks at American projects
ever made… Hadleigh-West clearly has the guts, not to mention the wiliness, of a potentially
major filmmaker: She went to an everyday kind of purgatory and came out with a picture of
cleansing humanity.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
Definition: Player Hating– Someone else is about to shine, and you’ll do anything to keep that motherfucker from getting his cheese — it can be as subtle as negative flow (lyrics) or as extreme as trying to clap (shoot) him. – Trent Bond, Half’s Manager and former NYPD Detective
Player Hating: A Love Story follows Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, The Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to launch Milion, in an effort to attain money, success and recognition through music. Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs”, and takes the viewer into an underground world of poverty, alienation, gangs, violence and music that most audience members have an inkling of, but few rarely see—unless they’ve lived it.