NEW FAMILY FILM TARGETING BLACK CHURCHES CAPTURES FESTIVAL SCREENINGS IN SAN DIEGO AND LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES, CA (BlackNews.com) - Los Angeles based writer and director Sheila Marie Norman's inspiring new feature film REUNION has been selected to screenings at film festivals in San Diego and Los Angeles during Black History Month, February 2006. "REUNION is a sure fire hit," said Quentin "Q" Holmes, AT WEAR Clothing Company Founder and Director, who portrays himself in a cameo role in the film.
The World Premiere of REUNION will occur at the Noir Film Festival in Norman's hometown of San Diego, at the Pacific Theatres Gaslamp 15 on Saturday, February 4th at 3:00pm. The movie will be featured during the festival's "Noir Family (Church, Kinfolks and Food) Program." Public screenings of REUNION will continue at the Magic Johnson Theaters in Los Angeles during the Pan African Film Festival on Sunday, February 12th at 1:25pm and on Monday, February 13th at 4:05pm.
REUNION breaks from convention with a touching universal family story with a cast of realistic and memorable characters. As relatives struggle to communicate and let guards down to let love in, the story unfolds into powerful confrontations and honest dialogue. "REUNION proves to be a soulful dramedy that masterfully portrays emotional complexities underscoring family affairs," said Leena Holland, Film Critic, Ego Magazine. The film features dozens of up and coming talent lead by Carolyn Owens, Trisha Mann, Dickie Wrightsil, Sid Burston, Dominiqua Lint and Micah Marie. REUNION was filmed in four locations including Palm Springs, CA and Hot Springs, AR.
As Hollywood continues to push the envelope with more and more edgy and controversial films, this urban family dramedy seeks to pull that envelope back. "REUNION is truly a must see for the entire family," said Norman. The producers are targeting churches in Black communities in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. The movie spotlights powerful black women as well as strong, family oriented black men in openly spiritual settings. "Our test audiences find the positive images very refreshing," said Executive Producer, Jerry L. Norman, III, of Norman & Norman, Inc. Entertainment. This is similar to the successful marketing campaigns used by such notables as Playwright Tyler Perry with his runaway hit "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and Actor/Director Mel Gibson with his highly successful "The Passion of The Christ."
"REUNION is a simple story, told well, with people who look like me," said Norman. REUNION marks the directorial debut for the screenwriter. From idea to execution, Norman, a graduate of the USC School of Business and former Insurance Manager, worked in a self-taught approach, applying her business skills to the art of filmmaking. Norman is pleased with the arrangement, summing up: "There is a short supply in the way of older black female filmmakers, which makes REUNION a uniquely important contribution. Before becoming a filmmaker, I used to think I just belonged to the back room of corporate America, but now I appreciate the importance of adding my voice to the film community."
For Noir festival screening information, visit www.noirfilmfestival.com
For Pan African festival screening information, visit www.paff.org
For more information about REUNION, visit httpwww.reunion-movie.com
Jerry L. Norman, III
Norman & Norman, Inc. Entertainment
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