Wow. Just wow.
New Film “Blackbird” Starring Mo’Nique And Isaiah Washington To Open Out On Film
You don’t have to be gay to be moved by this film.
Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, will open its 27th annual international event with the debut of Patrik-Ian Polk’s(“Noah’s Arc”) acclaimed “Blackbird” on October 2nd. This adaptation of Larry Duplechan’s book, written by Polk and Rikki Beadle Blair, stars Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), D. Woods (Danity Kane) and newcomer Julian Walker. Polk is known for the breakthrough TV series “Noah’s Arc” as well as the films “Punks,” “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” and “The Skinny.”
We are absolutely delighted to be able to screen ‘Blackbird,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film. “It’s an exceptional film that will resonate with audiences everywhere, especially here in the South. When we saw it we knew we wanted it as our opening night film. Patrik has made a beautiful film with a terrific ensemble cast.”
‘Blackbird” stars Walker as 17-year-old Randy, a devout choir boy living in a conservative Mississippi town, struggling to understand his sexuality while also caring for his mother following his sister’s disappearance. The film is the first starring role for Mo’Nique following her Oscar-winning performance in “Precious” and features Washington as Randy’s absentee father. Several of the cast/crew members will be in attendance for the screening. Already confirmed are Julian Walker, Torrey Laamar (Todd) and Nikki Jane (Crystal).
“I am beyond excited that “Blackbird” is heading to Out On Film in Atlanta,” says Walker. “I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful film of love, understanding and the many trials teens face while figuring out who they really are.” “It’s quite the privilege to be a part of such a ground-breaking film as ‘Blackbird,’ says Laamar. “ And to have its Southeastern debut at the Out On Film festival in front of the Atlanta community is an honor. This film will have an air of familiarity on a multitude levels for every audience member, regardless of sexual orientation, race, or creed. It’s a message of growth and love with a dream to inspire acceptance.”
Out On Film runs October 2 – 9 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. The full schedule will be announced on August 15th. Tickets to the event will go on sale on August 22
We’re especially glad to see Isaiah Washington in this role after the way his “Grey’s Anatomy” cast members called him out as a homophobe.
Do you plan to check this one out?