BLACKBIRD is based on the 1986 novel written by Larry Duplechan dealing with sexuality and religion through the eyes of an adolescent teen. Director Patrik-Ian Polk was pleased with the responses during the Q&A session with select media and film critics. "I'm excited about the conversations BLACKBIRD seems to be sparking surrounding the important issues of race, sexuality and religion. It's high time we started having those difficult discussions,”
Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, director Patrik-Ian Polk and the cast and production team of BLACKBIRD welcomed a list of Hollywood’s elite including: Jenson Atwood (Noah’s Arc), Richard Brooks (Law & Order, Being Mary Jane), Congresswoman Karen Bass, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless, etc), Terrence “T.C.” Carter (Living Single), Janet Du Bois, Loretta Devine, author Larry Duplechan, Jennia Fredrique (Noah’s Arc), Jennifer Lewis, Roland Martin (CNN, Roland Martin TV One), actress CCH Pounder, Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, The Purge 2: Anarchy), Vanessa Williams (Soulfood) and many more. BLACKBIRD stars Oscar winner Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, newcomer Julian Walker, Terrell Tilford (Single Ladies), Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane, Lindsay Seim and D. Woods. The film was produced by Keith Brown, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine and Isaiah Washington.
Following the premiere, BLACKBIRD nabbed the Founder's Award during an awards brunch hosted on President’s Day as the final event for the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival.
The Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6-17, 2014 at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. The Pan African Film Festival is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival, selected a total of 179 films, representing 46 countries. BLACKBIRD screens next as the opening night gala film of Outfest Fusion on March 14th in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theater.
Watch the BLACKBIRD trailer here: http://youtu.be/
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