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US Theatrical Premiere of "Tupac Assassination":Attendance of Shakur Family, Reunion of Witnesses
Southeastern US Theatrical Premiere of "Tupac Assassination" Gets Red Carpet, Attendance of Shakur Family, TASF and Reunion of Witnesses Contact: Malcom Petrie, Public Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southeast US Theatrical Premiere of Tupac Assassination was newsworthy for more than that reason alone. Ending months of speculation on the family’s opinion of the movie and criticism that the message of the controversial movie was "propaganda"
Gloria "Aunt Glo" Cox, Tupac Shakur's Aunt and other family members were invited to come to the screening by the festival and the movie’s producers. The morning of the screening, Tupac's closest bodyguard, Frank "Big Frank" Alexander, and RJ Bond, (the director of "Assassination")
As the filmmakers were leaving they received a surprise visit from none other than Malcom Greenidge (AKA Edi. I. Mean) and Katari Cox (AKA Kastro), two of Tupac's Original "Outlawz" and the other surviving passengers in the car with Alexander the night the hip-hop icon was shot in Las Vegas. In a bittersweet conversation, the group who had not spoken in 10 years talked about the movie and its implications. Both stood behind Alexander's and Bond's film, recollecting what happened that infamous night and confirming with each other Alexander's account. Photographers were, of course, on hand to mark the event.
After the screening “Aunt Glo” expressed publicly how much she loved the film but also that she called Afeni Shakur in North Carolina prior to the film screening that afternoon to let her know that she was attending. She even revealed that she had gone out weeks before and bought her own copy of the DVD and told Afeni (who was unable to come to the screening) that it was a wonderful film. It was an incredible photo opportunity for fans as the filmmakers received praise and support from the staff of TASF and posed for pictures with the legendary hip-hop family.
The movies producers filmed a segment at the Foundation for the upcoming Tupac Assassination II: Reckoning at the Center’s prayer garden. Bond-Age Films and Step N’ Up Entertainment are preparing a special TASF Foundation Edition of “Assassination”
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The Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast, and, has positioned itself as the preeminent launching pad for independent films and to discover new talent worldwide. The Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival is fueled by the recognition that although under-represented in the Hollywood machine, independent filmmakers seeking to tell the plethora of untold stories are cropping up in droves to express themselves creatively through film at the Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival. Celebrities such as Danny Glover, Wayne Brady, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kadeem Hardison, Mekhi Pheifer and the late great Ossie Davis have all graced the Screens and/or Red Carpet at the Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival.
Founded in 1997 by Afeni Shakur, mother of the multi-talented Tupac Shakur, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) originally began as the Shakur Family Foundation. Afeni formed the Foundation as a way to bring quality arts training to our young people. A broad range of training is offered via the Annual Performing Arts Day Camp held at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (home of the Foundation). Disciplines include creative writing, vocal technique, acting, stage set design, dance, poetry & spoken word, and the business of entertainment. The Performing Arts Day Camp is open to students ages 12-18.
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ABOUT TUPAC ASSASSINATION
Written/ directed/executive produced by RJ Bond and co-produced by Frank "Big Frank" Alexander, Tupac's former bodyguard.