OSCAR® WINNING ACTRESS MO’NIQUE, ISAIAH WASHINGTON AND ROBERT L. JOHNSON TO ATTEND THE NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE OF PATRIK-IAN POLK’S NEW FILM BLACKBIRD
NEW YORK, NY (April 13, 2015) – Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037) is set to be the venue for a premiere of Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird presented by Harlem Pride and DBQ Magazine. The star studded Wednesday, April 22, 2015 event will kick off with a Red Carpet and VIP Reception followed by a 7 PM Screening which will be introduced by Robert L. Johnson (Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television). The director and cast members will also participate in a special Q&A, followed by a Blackbird after party attended by celebrity guests and the filmmakers. Scheduled to appear are Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Julian Walker, D. Woods alongside the film’s producers Carol Ann Shine and Keith Brown. Confirmed guests also include Bevy Smith, recording artist Chad B, Wade Davis, Carmen Neely, David Bridgeforth and recording artist M Bars. Additional celebrity guests to be announced.
Blackbird tells the story of 17-year-old Randy Rousseau (newcomer Julian Walker), a devout high school choirboy struggling to come of age in the small religiously conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir with facing the everyday trials of a high school misfit- a misfit plagued by eerie visions and premonitions. Complicating matters, his little sister has gone missing and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his heartbroken mother, Claire (Mo’Nique). When Claire discovers a shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance (Isaiah Washington), who has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family, steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to make the difficult transition into manhood.
Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique, veteran actor Isaiah Washington and newcomer actor Julian Walker star in this adaptation of Larry Duplechan’s novel, with the script co-written by Polk and Rikki Beadle-Blair. Terrell Tilford, Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane and D. Woods round out the cast.
Blackbird will be released theatrically on April 24, 2015 by Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment as well as on the subscription-based UMC: Urban Movie Channel this Summer in tandem with its VOD, digital and Blu-Ray/DVD.