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Viola Davis Drama “Still I Rise” Gets A New Title & Official Release Date

Viola Davis Drama "Still I Rise" Gets A New Title & Official Release Date

One upcoming Viola Davis film that was announced in the spring and that we haven’t heard much or written about since that announcement got a title change; and maybe that explains why my Google alerts setup hasn’t notified me of any new developments with the film because I didn’t know about, and thus didn’t make the name change. 

The education drama, produced by Walden Media & 20th Century Fox, was previously titled Still I Rise, and centered on two frustrated mothers (played by Viola and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who team up to transform an inner-city public school in Pittsburgh, PA

The new title of the film is Learning To Fly, (likely changed to avoid any confusion with the Maya Angelou poem of the same name – Still I Rise).

Rosie Perez and Fringe and The Wire star Lance Reddick co-star in the film playing 

the tough head of the school board (Perez), and Viola Davis’ husband who also happens to be a teacher (Reddick).

Daniel Barnz (Beastly) directed the film, which already wrapped principal photography, and is scheduled to be in theaters on March 30th, 2012.

No media to show yet, but soon I’m sure.

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Ladi P

I am happy to see this film get the green light, but again, here there they go: putting out those movies that portray black youth in a negative light. I understand that it may be a true story, but I'm tired of seeing these types of black movies. Our culture is so much more than this one trick pony story line. I want to see the day that a number of millionaires and billionaires of black ethnicity get together to create their own distributing company so the black viewers can get a chance to see all of those great diverse strories that are showed at the film festivals but not distibuted to the big screens. Many of those movies tell different types of stories of the balck experiences. Tired of the beat up public school flicks where most times a white teacher is the savior; Tired of thug wanna be a rapper or thug turned church boy flicks; Tired of the black male cross dressing flicks; Tired of the pimps vs. hoes flicks; and you get the point. Movies like:

This Christmas—where siblings are dealing with a mother who fears losing her close relationship with her children, and the adult children are dealing with normal everyday issues that all people experience like divorce, owing money to crooks, hiding spouses from family, and etc…
Life Support–A youth dealing with aids.
Moozlim–Youth dealing with religion.
The Family Wedding–Mixing families.
Jumping the Broom—Mixing families.
Why Did I Get Married—Marital Issues.
Love & Basketball—Love of a sport and a person.
The list goes on and on with the number of great non traditional black stereotypical movies that exist and have done well in numbers. I think it's a bunch of garbage that blacks wont support black movies that come to theater. They will support good black movies with good authentic stories. They will not support garbage movies and those that keep portraying us in a negative light. People are tired of that. There are many horrible white films made each year that don't get supported and go straight to the budget cinemas or to dvd, and don't make money. But, they still release several more boring love dramas or file romatic comedies every year… Truth be told—they don't care about our stories. SO, the blacks in power in film and tv need to come together to build that distribution company and create more tv networks. Or we will never overcome the horrifying face of television and film that purposely excludes black faces. I know if doors have been knocked down for blacks to make enormous waves in music, fashion, food, liquor, business, and so on, I know the door to film and televison for blacks can be knocked down. Wealthy black celebrities create fashion lines, fragrance franchises, liquor endorcements, music and production companies, and so on. But no one can create a movie distribution company (s) for black films. I don't understand. When I beak into that film world, that is the one thing I will be working on.


I'm looking forward to this project!

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