Driving While Black

Release Date:  2/1/2018; Limited (Original Release Date – 2016)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Paul Sapiano
Studio(s):  Artist Rights Distribution, Anthem Films
Running time:  94 mins.

Cast:  Dominique Purdy (Dimitri), Sheila Tejada (Officer Borty-Lio), John Mead (Officer Kinnon).

Story:   Dmitri is a pizza guy who would rather smoke weed and suffer for his art, but his mom and his girl won’t stop nagging him to get a real job. When he’s offered a gig mouthing off to tourists behind the wheel of a Hollywood “star tour” bus, it looks like everyone might get what they want. Trouble is, our man can’t seem to step out the door to get to the interview without endless complications: busted radiators, simple weed scores gone sideways and LAPD cruisers seemingly everywhere. Dmitri’s skill at going unnoticed by cops is honed by painful experiences growing up Black in L.A., but even his keen survival instincts won’t save him from the week from hell.  Source:  Movie Insider.

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Behind The Movement

Release Date:  February 2018; TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Aric Avelino
Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as JoAnn Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Nixon, Shaun Clay as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Derek Roberts as Fred Gray, Keith Bolden as Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Story:   Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film reveals the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.   Source:  TV One.

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Saturday Church

Release Date:  1/12/18; In Theaters & VOD
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Damon Cardasis
Studio(s):  Spring Pictures, Round Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, West End Films
Running Time:  82 mins.

Cast:  Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia, Kate Bornstein, Jaylin Fletcher.

Story:   Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father.  Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to Saturday Church, a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all the while risking losing those he cares about most.  Source:  Samuelgoldwynfilms.com.

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