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UWFF ’12 Preview: Nicole Beharie In ‘Small Of Her Back’ (A Suicidal Shut-In. A Man At Her Door. Drama)

UWFF '12 Preview: Nicole Beharie In 'Small Of Her Back' (A Suicidal Shut-In. A Man At Her Door. Drama)

Small Of Her Back is a feature length film we’ve been following since its 2010 Kickstarter campaign that raised $10,000 in completion funds.

It’s been a long journey for the film, and it will finally make its world premiere at the 2012 Urbanworld Film Festival next month, in NYC.

Written and directed by Russell Sharman, Small Of Her Back stars Nicole Beharie (keep in mind, this was shot at least a year before Shame, The Last FallWoman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, and the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, 42), and Christopher Domig.

The film centers on a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment, and the stranger who appears at her door in the middle of the night.

The filmmaker calls it “a kind of dark romance,” emphasizing the strength of the performances from the two leads, who carry the entire movie.

The Urbanworld festival schedule isn’t live yet, so no word on when exactly (day and time(s)) it’ll screen. The festival runs from September 19 – 23, in NYC, at midtown Manhattan’s AMC 34th Street.

In total, 49 films, including 17 world premieres, will screen.

You can check out the full lineup (the Opening Night film hasn’t been announced yet), as well as ticketing info, by visiting the Urbanworld Film Festival’s website HERE.

In the meantime, check out a preview of Small Of Her Back, below:

Small of Her Back from Russell Leigh Sharman on Vimeo.

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Seeking peace

Wow this looks good. Can't wait to see it!

Bohemian princess

Love Nicole and think she's a great talent but she was miscast in this role.


Someone needs to teach actors going from stage to screen how to perform on camera. Less is more. These two act like they need to be over the top for an audience far, far away from the screen. Lawd have mercy on the overacting.


If it aint on the page….etc


Yikes. This feels, sounds, and looks more like a play than anything else. The kind where the characters stand around, discuss "important things," hurl accusations at each other, and come to a "poignant" resolution. I'm really disappointed by this exaggerated, jittery, manic pixie dream girl/nut job thing Beharie's got going here. Can only hope it was the director's choice.


Interesting story, but both leads seem pretty weak. The guy isn't convincing when saying his lines and that chick seems to like to overact. I think I would really like it if they had better actors.

Critical Acclaim

Don't think I could make it through a full film's worth of that. The guy wasn't strong and Nicole is overacting in lieu of actually BEING someone with bipolar disorder. I'll pass this on to the Nicole fan club.


Looks really good. :D


It was only a couple of years ago that I discovered "American Violet" and I was blown away by Nicole Beharie! I'm hoping for big things from this young woman. My goal is make it to the festival in New York next month to see this film and "The Last Fall." I've been hearing great things about that movie too. Go Nicole!!

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