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First Look: Mo’Nique & Patrik-Ian Polk Team Up for Blackbird

February 14, 2014
Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions

Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions

Patrik-Ian Polk has come a long way as a filmmaker. I was apprehensive about watching The Skinny, his last feature, but I did and was pleasantly surprised. It was really, quite good. And dead-on. I know those people. So I was extremely excited to hear that his fifth feature film will be Mo’Nique‘s first role of any significance since winning the Oscar for Precious. Throw in Isaiah Washington and I’m a happy man. The film, Blackbird, will close the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, which runs through February 17.

The official description of the movie:

Blackbird tells the story of 17-year-old Randy Rousseau, a devout high school choir boy 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 life as 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. When Claire discovers a shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance, 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.

Randy is being played by Julian Walker. Washington and Mo’Nique play his estranged parents.

 

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