A Message from Brianna

Release Date:  11/3/21– 11/28/21 (American Black Film Festival)
Genre:   Horror
Rating:  NR
Director:  DeShon Hardy
Running Time:  80 mins.

Cast Vernon Davis, Asia’h Epperson, Kevin Benton, Liana Kristina Mayer-Reinach, Adaisha Strong, Stan J. Adams, Brittany Beckett, Amanda Felix, Leigh Bodden, Mohamed Sanu, Brittany Geertgens, Rita Bacot, Ethan Henderson, Robert Epstein, Tracy Oliver.

Story:  When an African American couple move into their new home, their 2-year-old daughter becomes a terrifying messenger from the other side.  Source:  ABFF.com.

B-Boy Blues

Release Date:  11/3/21 – 11/28/21 (American Black Film Festival)

Genre:  Drama

Rating:  NR

Director:  Jussie Smollett

Studio(s):   A SuperMassive Movie, Story Worthy Pictures, Winnienoah Productions.

Running Time:  106 mins.

Cast Timothy Richardson, Thomas Mackie, Landon G. Woodson, Brandee Evans, Michael Jackson Jr., Jabari Redd, Heather B., Brian Lucas, Jahleel Kamara, Broderick Hunter, Derrick Downey, Marquise Vilson, Otis Winston, Bry’Nt, Eric R. Williams, Tieisha Thomas, Shawn Sutton, Andre Virgo, Anthony Virgo, Mariama Diallo, Ilara Phoenix Williams, Sampson McCormick, Ledisi.

Story:   Class and culture clash when a college educated journalist from Brooklyn and a homeboy-bike messenger from Harlem fall in love.  Source:  ABFF.com.

Maya & Her Lover

Release Date:  11/3/21 – 11/28/21 (American Black Film Festival)
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Nicole Sylvester
Studio(s):  Come Monday Productions, No Evil Entertainment, Film Emporium
Running Time:  94 mins.
Cast:  Ashanti J’Aria, Shomari Love, Faiven Feshazion, Al Thompson, Hisham Tawfiq, Tony D Head, Johnathan Davis

Story:  Maya, stifled by childhood memories of an overbearing father, takes a young lover then learns he wants to be celibate.  Source:  ABFF.com.

The Outlaw Johnny Black

Release Date:  11/3/21 – 11/28/21 (American Black Film Festival)
Genre:  Western
Rating:  NR
Director:  Michael Jai White
Studio(s):  Jaigantic Studios
Running Time:  130 mins.

Cast Michael Jai White, Anika Noni Rose, Byron Minns, Erika Ash, Chris Browning, Kevin Chapman, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley, Randy Couture, Barry Bostwick, Glynn Turman.

Story:  Hell bent on avenging the death of his father, Johnny Black vows to gun down Brett Clayton and becomes a wanted man in the process while posing as a preacher in a small mining town that’s been taken over by a notorious Land Baron.  Source:  ABFF.com; IMDB.


Imperfect High

Release Date:  9/18/21; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:   TV-14
Director:  Siobhan Devine
Studio(s):  Sepia Films, Just Singer Entertainment, Lifetime Television
Cast Nia Sioux (Hanna Brooks), Sherri Shepherd (Deborah), Ali Skovbye (Rose).

Story:  Hanna Brooks (Sioux) is the new girl in town who is looking to find her place and fit in at Lakewood High School, which was rocked a couple of years earlier by the shocking drug overdose of a popular student. Hanna suffers from an anxiety disorder and the move to a new school is especially stressful for her. While trying to fit in with the “it” crowd, she finds herself pulled between two boys – a bad boy with a heart of gold, and an alluring, popular rich kid who is not as straight of an arrow as he seems. Her relationship with them sweeps her into a dangerous situation that her mother Deborah (Shepherd) must fight to save her from.  Source:  justjaredjr.com.  Photo Sources:  IMDB.


Needle In A Timestack

Release Date:
10/15/21, In Theaters – Limited & VOD; 10/19/21, DVD
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Rating:  R
Director:  John Ridley
Studio(s):  BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Ember20, Montana North Media, Lionsgate
Cast:  Leslie Odom, Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto

Story:  Love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate? in this gripping, near-future love story directed by Oscar winner John Ridley, Nick and Janine live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend.  As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto — or let go of — everything he loves. Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion?

The film was adapted by Ridley from a short story by Robert Silverberg, an author who has been inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and has won the Hugo and Nebula (awards dedicated to sci-fi literary work) multiple times.  Needle in a Timestack was announced back in 2017, and according to Silverberg, went through a long post-production phase. It is set to premiere on digital, VOD, and in limited theaters on October 15. Blu-ray and DVD editions hit shelves just a few days later, on October 19. Sources:  fangirlish.com; collider.com.