(ATLANTA, GA) 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.”
“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 Isaiah 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 of 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.
Started in 1987, Out On Film has grown to become one of the largest LGBT film festivals in the country. Last fall, the festival was one of only two LGBT film festivals in the United States to receive a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Watch the “Blackbird Trailer directly below and then scroll down to see a video where Mo ‘Nique, who plays the mother in the film, and is also an executive producer, along with her husband, Sidney Hicks, talks about the film and the gay stigma in the black community at the Pan African Film Festival.
“Blackbird” Official Trailer:
Mo ‘Nique talks “Blackbird” and gay stigma in black community:
For more information, visit www.outonfilm.org
Source: Vaughn Alvarez