Little Boxes

Release Date:  4/14/17; In Theaters & VOD (2016)
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Rob Meyer
Studio:   Kid Noir Productions, Mighty Engine, Related Pictures, Netflix

Cast:  Nelsan Ellis (Mack), Melanie Lynskey (Gina), Armani Jackson (Clark), Oona Laurence (Ambrosia), Miranda McKeon (Julie), Janeane Garofalo (Helena).

Story:  Little Boxes is a dramedy that tells the story of an interracial family from New York that moves to the mundane, overwhelmingly white suburb of Rome, Washington. As you may suspect, things don’t really go well for the family.

It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new biracial kid in a very white town. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act “more black,” he fumbles to meet expectations. Meanwhile, his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina try to adjust to small-town living. Accustomed to life in New York, the tight-knit family is ill-prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents. They soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new context.Source:  Variety; Shadow & Act.

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NOLA Circus

Release Date:  4/21/17; In Theaters (2015)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  86 mins.
Director:  Luc Annest
Studio(s):   illicit Producers, The Nola Circus Production, XLrator Media.
Cast:  Martin Bats Bradford (Will), Vas Blackwood (Marvin), Jessica Morali (Nola), Reginal Varice (Denzel), Kamille McCuin (Karen) Corey Parker (Hathi).

Story:   Nola Circus chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a black neighborhood in a town on the Mississippi River, the lives that intercross around two barber shops facing each other on the main street. On one side there is Will, a black hairdresser who preaches against racial prejudices while having a secret affair with Nola, a young white woman who is dreaming of Broadway.

On the other, there is Marvin, a well-known sex addict who’s having a passionate affair with Karen, a small time pot dealer.  The tensions sharpen on the day when Denzel, Nola’s super protective brother, starts sinking into compulsive jealousy, the day when three Ku Klux Klan members show up at Will’s place to kidnap him.  Source:  Official site.

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Live Cargo

Release Date:  3/31/17; Limited (2016)
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Black & White
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  88 mins.
Director:  Logan Sandler
Studio(s):   SimonSays Entertainment, Gunpowder & Sky

Cast:  Dree Hemingway (Nadine), Lakeith Stanfield (Lewis), Robert Wisdom (Roy), Sam Dillon (Myron), Leonard Earl Howze (Doughboy).

Story:   Following a devastating loss, Nadine and Lewis retreat to a small Bahamian island where Nadine’s family has kept a house for many years. As they try to heal and move forward with their relationship, the community on the island shows signs of unraveling — with the island’s mayor squaring off against Doughboy, a human trafficker who manipulates the impressionable homeless teenager Myron into assisting with his smuggling operation.  Source:  Official site.

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