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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The Sin Seer

Release Date:  6/13/15; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time: 119 mins.
Studio:  Overflow Entertainment, Silver Lining Entertainment
Director:  Paul D. Hannah
Cast:  Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Rose Ricard), Isaiah Washington Grant Summit), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Nia), C. Thomas Howell, Michael Ironside (Alexander Rachet), Richard Brooks (Jake Ballard).

Story:  Rose Ricard has a gift, she can see into your soul. She can discern the truth from a lie and sometimes, she can perceive the very thoughts before they are formed in your mind. She uses these gifts to solve unsolved cases and bring closure where there is none. Her most recent case, unwittingly opens the doors to her own past and that of her new partner Grant Summit. Source: IMDB.

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Go For Sisters

Go For Sisters 2Go For Sisters 1Release Date 8/19/14, DVD;  11/8/13, Theaters (Limited)
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  NR
Running Time: 123 mins.
Studio: Variance Films
Director:  John Sayles
Cast:  LisaGay Hamilton (Bernice), Yolonda Ross (Fontayne), Edward James Olmos (Freddy Suarez), Hilary Barraford (Cindy), Mahershala Ali (Dez), Harold Perrineau (Wiley), Isaiah Washington (Vernell).

Story:  Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.

When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners.  Source:  Goforsisters.com, official site.

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Blackbird

Blackbird posterRelease Date:  4/24/15 (Theatrical Release, Limited); August 2015 (VOD);
2/16/14 (Pan African Film Festival)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  99 mins.
Studio:  KBiz Entertainment/Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions
Director:  Patrik-Ian Polk

Cast:  Mo’Nique (Claire Rousseau), Isaiah Washington (Lance Rousseau), Julian Walker (Randy Rousseau), Lindsay Seim (Libby), Nicole Lovince (Justine), Gary LeRoi Gray (Efrem), Hannah Moye (Chrissie Rousseau), Terrell Tilford (Pastor).

Story:  Blackbird revolves around a dysfunctional family in a religiously conservative small Mississippi town. After the young daughter goes missing, the family begins to fall apart. The son, played by newcomer Julian Walker, is a star singer in the church choir, but later comes to realize he is gay – something that does not settle well with the Baptist community. Ridiculed by his mother (Mo’Nique) and supported by his father (Isaiah Washington), the family struggle to stay together as one.

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Details:  As reported in Deadline on January 6, 2014, this is Mo’Nique’s first screen starring turn since the ferocious portrayal as an abusive mother in 2009′s Precious won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Patrik Ian Polk-directed Blackbird, an adaptation of the novel by Larry Duplechan.  Mo’Nique is also exec producer with her husband, Sidney Hicks, through Hicks Media. Newcomer Julian Walker plays the star singer in the church choir who feels like a misfit in his high school and struggles with his sexual awakening and the realization he is gay, something that doesn’t land well in a religiously conservative small Mississippi town. This coincides with his younger sister going missing and his parents splitting up. Mo’Nique plays another character who’s not going to win mother of the year awards: the youth’s heartbroken mom, who blames her son’s lifestyle revelation for his sister going missing. Washington plays his supportive father trying his best to help his son’s transition to manhood.  (Source(s): Movie Pilot, Deadline).

Blue Caprice

Blue CapriceRelease Date: 1/14/14 (DVD); 9/20/13
(theatrical, limited)
Genre: Drama/Based on a True Story
Rating: R
Running Time: 93 min.
Studio: IFC Films/ SimonSays Entertainment
Director: Alexandre Moors
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson (Ray)
Isaiah Washington (John Allen Muhammad) Tequan Richmond (Lee Boyd Malvo)
Joey Lauren Adams (Jamie)
Leo Fitzpatrick (Arms Dealer)
Story: Psychological thriller about an abandoned boy who is lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by true events, BLUE CAPRICE investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two killers, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America. (Synopsis taken from bluecapricefilm.com, official site).

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