Thursday, December 06, 2007

Award winning new indie film DIRTY LAUNDRY opens in LA & NYC on December 7

Maurice Jamal's award winning indie film (the description of which reminds me a little of Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers) Dirty Laundry opens for theatrical play this Friday December 7 in NYC & LA. Here's the screening info:

Los Angeles
Mann Beverly Center Cinemas (Inside Beverly Center)
8522 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038

New York
Clearview Chelsea Theater
West 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th)
New York, NY 10011

Dirty Laundry synopsis from IMDB:

"A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years."

A little bit more about the movie from a comment at IMDB:

"a class-conscious New York-based magazine writer whose discovery of a ten-year old son leads him back to the family he left behind years ago in his hometown of Paris, Georgia."

From an interview with the director at NewsBlaze:

"NewsBlaze: I hear you held some great previews already.

Maurice: The film has been embraced with such warmth and joy by our sneak preview audiences and so many people have been amazing. I am humbled by the support and could not be more proud of the film and its story.

NewsBlaze: The big studios create some really weak black films. What do you say to people who believe in black film?

Maurice: "Dirty Laundry" needs you! The exclusive LA engagement starts Friday, December 7 and we need for it to open HUGE!

We need to blow out opening weekend and show that there is an audience for witty, heartfelt and genuine Black films. The only way we'll be successful is if we each push the film and get "butts in the seats."

I am a passionate advocate of indie film and the need for divergent voices in Black cinema. For it to survive, it's vitally important for communities to support quality films at the box office. In particular an industry city like L.A. can be tough because it seems like there's a "premiere" when someone opens a grocery store. (LOL)"

Read the rest of the NewsBlaze interview here.

Some Dirty Laundry links:

www.dirtylaundrythemovie.com

myspace.com/mauricejamal

www.youtube.com/dirtylaundrythemovie

www.myspace.com/dirtylaundrymovie

AWARDS AND HONORS

WINNER – Best Picture – Blockbuster Audience Award – American Black Film Festival

WINNER – Best Actor – Loretta Devine – American Black Film Festival

WINNER – Filmmaker of the Year – Maurice Jamal – CLIK Magazine Honors

OFFICIAL SELECTION – UrbanWorld Film Festival (New York)

OFFICIAL SELECTION – FRAMELINE Film Festival (San Francisco)

OFFICIAL SELECTION – OutFest Film Festival (Los Angeles)

OFFICIAL SELECTION - London LGBT Film Festival

PRAISE

“Dirty Laundry…belongs to Loretta Devine. Devine builds a jolly and touching character from the stock figure of a Georgia mom coming to terms with her disaffected gay son.” -- VARIETY

“Black audiences are ready to embrace just this type of film.” -- THE ADVOCATE, May 2007

“It’s an unusual story, and I knew a lot of people would want to see it.” -- LORETTA DEVINE, Black Enterprise, August 2007

“Dirty Laundry is good clean fun for the entire family!” -- FLO ANTHONY, celebrity journalist/radio and TV personality

“Dirty Laundry is a sweet, fun, family comedy with a big heart and a wild cast of outrageous, but real characters. It's as much fun as a raucous family dinner.” -- TOURÉ, novelist, TV host and former Contributing Editor Rolling Stone

“This movie will have a significant and positive impact on the Black community and our country. It is current, important and just in time...the movie is excellent!” -- KEITH BOYKIN, best selling author, host, BET-J's "My Two Cents"

“We sponsored the 12-city summer tour of Dirty Laundry because it is historically significant.” -- JOE SOLMONESE, Executive Director, The Human Rights Campaign

And once more, the official website for the film.

- Sujewa

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