First… the highy-anticipated theatrical run for Ava DuVernay's critically-acclaimed drama Middle Of Nowhere, begins TODAY, October 12, via Participant Media and AFFRM.
I assume it's on everyone's must-see list, even though not everyone will have immediate acccess to the film, unfortunately. But, in time…
Those who live in NYC, LA, ATL, Philly and DC are the lucky ones this weekend, because it opens in your cities.
The film, which centers on an African American woman struggling to maintain her marriage and identity, after her husband is incarcerated, stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, and Edwina Findley.
Award-winning DP Bradford Young lensed the film, DuVernay's follow-up to last year's Salli Richardson-Whitfield starrer I Will Follow.
Additional dates will be announced beyond week 2 at AFFRM.com, and we'll share them here as well.
See opening (10/12) and 2nd week (10/19) playdate info immediately below:
NY – AMC Empire 25 Times Square
LA – Sundance Cinemas at Sunset
LA – RAVE 18 The Bridge
Philadelphia – UA Riverview
Atlanta – Landmark Midtown
Washington DC – Regal Gallery Place
Chicago – AMC River East
Miami – AMC Aventura
Detroit – AMC Southfield
Oakland – Landmark Shattuck
Seattle – AMC Southcenter
Houston – AMC Studio 30
New Jersey – AMC Cherry Hill
Second… the documentary feature titled The Iran Job, which centers on Kevin Sheppard, a pro American basketball player, who accepts a contract to play in Iran; What begins as a typical job-for-hire, ends in an emotional roller coaster as Kevin forms an unlikely alliance with three Iranian women against the backdrop of revolutionary upheaval in Tehran. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the Arab Spring.
From the National Black Programming Consortium's upcoming season 5 of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, The Iran Job opens theatrically at the IFC Center in NYC today, Friday, October 12.
The filmmaker, Till Schauder, will be present, in person, at certain screenings during its theatrical run at the IFC. Click HERE for more info on that.
And finally… a film I thought would actually go straight to home video is apparently getting a theatrical release.
Djimon Hounsou and Diane Kruger star in Special Forces, an action film directed by Stéphane Rybojad, which centers on a French special forces team in Afghanistan, sent on a rescue mission to save a kidnapped news reporter.
Hounsou leads the special forces team; Kruger plays the kidnapped news reporter.
Entertainment One Films is releasing the film simultaneously in theaters and on iTunes today. So if you're interested, and it's not playing in your city, you can always download it via iTunes and watch.
Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet, and Raphaël Personnaz round out the cast.
And that's it for this weekend, in the USA anyway.