Changing The Game- film

Based on the screenplay by award-winning Dir Rel Dowdell, is the gripping story of two childhood friends from a gritty North Philly neighborhood who choose divergent life paths but find themselves facing the same risks and, possibly, the same ending
 
 
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* Changing The Game
* Rel Dowdell
* Tony Todd
* Irma Hall
* Brandon Ruckdashel
* Kirksticky Fingaz Jones
* Sean Riggs...

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Feb. 21, 2010 - PRLog -- Darrell Barnes is a gifted student reared by his devoutly religious grandmother who wins a scholarship to Columbia University. Dre Newell is a street-wise hustler guided by the tactics of Niccolo Machiavelli who has put together a crew of teen-age drug dealers. Dre tries to introduce Darrell to his Machiavellian ways, giving him a dog-eared copy of the Italian philosopher’s book “The Prince.’’ But soon after “Dre”  is blown up as he starts his car, leaving Darrell to ponder the lessons his friend hoped to impart.

Armed with an MBA from Columbia, Darrell is recruited by a leading investment house and becomes one of Wall Street’s most charismatic and powerful young players. But a corporate scandal, a corrupt ex-roommate, and a mysterious banker with a unique business service threaten to end his career and possibly his life.  

On a trip home to Philadelphia, Darrell recalls the words of his late friend. Taking a page from Machiavelli, he conceives a plan to “evade one’s enemies and gain power” that triggers a climax as explosive as it is unexpected. When the game changes, so does everything you thought you had seen.

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Yet again, Dowdell has assembled an enviable cast and written what is sure to be a critically-acclaimed, box office hit!  Among his many other credits, Dowdell wrote and directed the number one African-American themed film in 2005 for Sony Pictures, “Train Ride” which grossed over $20 million in revenues.

Philly First Entertainment will begin filming “Changing the Game” in April 2010 in Philadelphia.  The project has already gained recognition from the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO.)
 
Changing The Game will keep you on the edge of your seat with its suspenseful and chilling dialogue. It is sure to be a universally satisfying must see film for 2010!
Cast

McCoy Tyner- Original Music (Composer)

Few musicians have had the impact on the world of music that 4 time Grammy winner McCoy Tyner has.  His sound has influenced pianists in each of his six decades as a performer. Noted jazz critic Scott Yanow says, "Along with Bill Evans, Tyner has been the most influential pianist in jazz of the past 40 years with his chord voicing’s being adopted and utilized by virtually every younger pianist."

Actor Tony Todd (Curtis “The Diabolical”)

Tony Todd is a prolific American actor and producer, known for his cult status amongst horror and sci-fi fans. Todd has appeared in more than 100 screen and television films, and has played opposite many major stars in Hollywood. His movie credits include: Platoon (1986), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman (1992), The Rock (1996) and Wishmaster (1997) to name a few.
Actress, Suzzanne Douglas (Ms. Davis)

Suzzanne Douglas is an award-winning actress with twenty-something years of silver-screen credits in films The Inkwell, Into the Woods,  How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Jason’s Lyric, and Tap. She also performed a one-woman show ab[out Harriet Tubman.
Actress, Irma P. Hall (Grandma Barnes)

Irma Hall is an award-winning veteran American actress, who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures the films A Family Thing, Soul Food and The Ladykillers.  She won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress. The success of that film helped launch Hall's career as a major supporting actor in the late- 90's and early 2000s.

Actor, Brandon Ruckdashel (Marty Levine)

Brandon is currently starring in the HBO Cinemax series Coed Confidential, now in its fourth season.  Coed has an audience of 5 million young adults and is one of the network's most popular shows.  Brandon is also well known for his stage work.  Anita Gates wrote about his performance in the play Ascension " 23-year-old Mr. Ruckdashel is making his Off Broadway debut and it is a stunning one. This is partly because he has the intense blond good looks of a young Brad Pitt with a soupçon of James Dean. But Mr. Ruckdashel's performance is also noteworthy because his Lorenzo vibrates with the smug and nonchalant power of youth.”  In addition Brandon is a talented songwriter and performer.

Actor Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones (Craig Jones)

Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones is an  American rapper, actor, and a member of the hip-hop platinum-selling group Onyx.  Jones had already made the rapper-turned-actor jump.  In a recent article entitled "Urban Oscars," by writer Quibian Salazar-Moreno, Sticky Fingaz was ranked #8 on the list of Top 10 Rapper/Actors" behind other Hollywood stalwarts such as Will Smith, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, and Queen Latifah.

Actor David Winning

David loved the energy of live theater, he was eager to explore the realm of film. He auditioned for and landed several independent film roles, including his lead role in the feature film Liar's Pendulum. He recently finished portraying the role of naval Captain Mike Stewart for a Japanese-produced WWII film, Manatsu no Orion (2009), and the role of a construction site owner (Steve) for the Bollywood feature film New York (2009 - Yash Raj Films).

Actor Sean Riggs –(Darrell Barnes)

Sean Riggs has taken his love of acting and turned it into a career. From his role in the blockbuster film"Stomp The Yard" to several indie's like "StreetDreams", "Unequal" AFI's "The Second Half" to name a few.  Sean is on a mission to win his Oscar. He has trained with acting coaches Tasha Smith and Ivanna Chubbuck.  His television credits include BET's "Hell Date", "Mad TV" and more..."  S
Actor Dennis L.A. White  (Dre Newell)

Dennis L.A.White aka. Dennis Da Menace Actor/Rapper is probably best recognized by moviegoers while portraying Damion 'D-Roc' Butler in George Tillman, Jr.'s biopic about the hip hop star Christopher Wallace/Biggie Smalls/The Notorious B.I.G., "Notorious" (2009; starring Jamal Woolard).  White has released one album, “The Wonderful World of Dennis,” which produced the #1 hit single "Buster," and will soon release a new album titled "E Pluribus Unum."

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