a/k/a Only For One Night
Release Date: October 2016; BET
Director: Chris Stokes
Studio(s): Footage Films, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Cast: Brian White (William), Karrueche Tran (Chloe), Angelique Pereira (Caroline Waters), Omar Gooding
Story: Karreuche Tran stars as Caroline, a woman who seems to have the perfect life, and a loving husband to share it with. But when Caroline extends a helping hand to her sister in need (Angelique Pereira), she watches her life fall apart when her jealous sister drops a few pills into her husband’s drink, and sleeps with him. After that, Caroline has to deal with a roller coaster ride full of crazy ex-side piece emotions that could possibly end with all three of them catching a case. Source: xonicole.com.
a/k/a Not Another Zombie Movie….About the Living Dead
Release Date: 9/13/16; DVD (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 79 mins.
Director(s): Jack Johnson, Donte Williams.
Studio(s): Diesel World Productions, Jay Davis Films
Cast: Black Jack Johnson, Jay Davis, Will Cummings, Harold Dennis, Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith, David Perry, and Calvin Evans.
Story: Franklin and Mike find themselves trapped in the undead-infested Cyrene City, where they must attempt to lead a group of unconventional survivors to safety. As they join forces with the likes of a pregnant woman, a moronic arms dealer, and a mentally challenged man, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombie mayhem. While this uprising of zombies has overwhelmed the city, Mr. Roberts, the CEO of R2 Pharmaceuticals, has sent in a team of mercenaries known as the S.I.E.G.E into Cyrene City to recover the only known antidote for his own financial gain. Not Another Zombie Movie… About the Living Dead is a hilarious twisted tale about survival versus morality during a zombie apocalypse. Watch as these survivors discover there is no such thing as a hero when zombies are trying to eat your face off. Source: nazm2015, official site.
Release Date: 9/23/16
Running Time: Unknown
Director: Mira Nair
Studio(s): ESPN Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Productions.
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o (Harriet Mutesi), David Oyelowo (Robert Katende), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Tendo), Madina Nalwanga (Phiona Mutesi).
Story: Queen Of Katwe is the true story of a young girl, Phiona Mutesi selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende a soccer player turned missionary. As a result of the support she receives from her mother, her family and community, Phiona pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Source(s): Deadline; IMDB.
Release Date: 8/26/16; Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Running Time: 100 mins.
Director: Lawrence Lee Wallace
Studio: Tylon Warren Productions
Cast: Carly D. Anderson (Sunshine/Teenager), Edward Williams, III (Josh, Jr./Teenager), Kimberly Washington (Sunshine/Adult), Brian C. Green (Josh Jr./Adult).
Story: Based on Chicago author April Tylon-Warren’s novel, this complex and passionate coming-of-age story is set entirely on Chicago’s South Side in the Seventies, where the changing fortunes of families and friendships impact the tumultuous life of a young woman. Attractions, jealousies, breakups, and bonding mark the relationships of a close-knit group of neighborhood teens, until Sunshine settles down with Josh, but marriage and motherhood bring challenges that include infidelity, mental illness, addiction, and the escalating violence of the streets. Source(s): Siskel Film Center; IMDB.
Release Date: 8/28/16; Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival (1990)
Running Time: 102 mins.
Director: Charles Burnett
Studio(s): SVS Films; The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Cast: Danny Glover (Harry), Paul Butler (Gideon), DeVaughn Nixon (Sunny), Mary Alice (Suzie), Reina King (Rhonda), Cory Curtis (Skip), Richard Brooks (Babe Brother), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Linda), Carl Lumbly (Junior), Vonetta McGee (Pat).
Story: Danny Glover stars as Harry Mention, a mysterious drifter from the South who visits an old acquaintance (Paul Butler), now leading a middle-class life with his family in South Central Los Angeles. Though imbued with charm and traditional manners, Harry has a knack for mischief that creates powerful rifts throughout the family. Source: Film Society Lincoln Center; IMDB.
Release Date: 8/27/16; Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 95 mins.
Black & White
Director: Zeinabu Irene Davis
Studio: Wimmin with a Mission Productions
Cast: John Jelks (Arthur Jones/Nico Jones), Michelle A. Banks (Malindy Brown/Malaika Brown), Nirvana Cobb (Tildy Evans/Children’s Library Reader), Kevin L. Davis (Tyrone), Christopher Smith (William Young /Dancer), K. Lynn Stephens (Aminata Brown).
Story: Two unique African American love stories, each involving a deaf woman and a hearing man, play out in this moving drama. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. This important film on African American deaf culture innovatively incorporates silent film techniques such as title cards and vintage photos to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication. Source: Siskel Film Center; IMDB.
Release Date: 8/23/16; DVD (2015)
Running Time: Unknown
Director: Kyle T. Miller
Studio(s): PIC Films, KTM Productions, MetroWest Media, Maverick Entertainment.
Cast: Simeon Henderson (Jeremy Brooks), Niya Davis (Ashley Singleton), Antisha Anderson-Scruggs (Tia), Victoria Fox (Vanessa), Jamie Jones (Trey).
Story: Jeremy Brooks is an ambitious professional seeking to hit it big in the newsroom and become a leading anchor. During his journey he lets his personal life and bouts between friends hold him back and lose his focus on who he is and what his goals are. Struggling within himself, his life becomes a holding pattern until his focus and ambition is realigned with a new found faith in God and himself. Source(s): Metro West Media, Official site; Maverick Entertainment; IMDB.