The highly anticipated movie ‘Blackbird,’ directed by Patrick Ian Polk, was privately screened, Thursday April 16th, in Culver City, at the Culver City Studios. Hosted by RLJ Entertainment and Urban Movie Channel, the evening drew cast members Isaiah Washington, Terrell Tilford, Gary L. Gray and Kevin Allesee.Following the screening, the cast took part in a which included topics such as religion, sexuality and lifestyles, moderated by “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier.
Starring Academy Award winner Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington, ‘Blackbird,’ follows the life of Randy Rouss, Played by Julian Walker, as he navigates struggling with his sexuality and passionate love for church, singing and family. Many Prescreen viewers found the movie relatable, brave and inspiring. The characters in this movie come alive and will keep your attention. Although serious topics of discussion, there are many scenes that will have you bursting into laughter, and many teachable moments about what many youth and young adults are faced with battling the opinions of individuals they know and love, while questioning who and whose they are.
Highlights from the Los Angeles Screening
I was amazed at how passionate the actors and producers were about this film. You can tell that they felt a connection to the storyline whether from their own story or through family members and their stories. The interaction that was in the room, from questions to conversations that were starting due to the film ‘Blackbird,’ was astonishing. Usually there is a time or question limit, but because they are seeking to see change they want to give an unlimited amount of time to those that desire to know and learn more about the conditions and state many youth and young adults are living in. I am interested in seeing how many conversations develop from this film and how it will aid the church in dialogue with parents and community.
Additional guests included the author of the book Blackbird, written 30 years ago, Larry Duplechan, ‘Blackbird’ producers Keith Brown and Carol Ann Shine, Actress Tatyana Ali, TV personality Karamo
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