It screens at the at the 3rd annual New Voices In Black Cinema Festival, presented by BAMcinématek and ActNow Foundation, which runs from February 15 – 18, at BAM Rose Cinemas, but ahead of that news, announced this evening, Joshua Sanchez’s Four, an adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, has been acquired for distribution by Wolfe Releasing.
Wendell Pierce of The Wire fame, stars in the film, alongside Aja Naomi King, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Yolanda Ross.
The film’s script was both a 2007 Tribeca All Access award recipient, and a 2008 No Borders Independent Film Week selection, with a synopsis that reads:
On the 4th of July in Hartford, CT, June, a 16-year-old white boy, meets up with Joe, a closeted, married black man he met on the Internet. On the same night, in the same city, the black man’s 16-year-old daughter Abigayle, agrees to go out with Dexter, a white 20-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, on the American night of Independence, these 2 couples get to know each other, moving from strangers to intimates. In lonely landscapes of movie theaters, fast food restaurants, darkened churches and public parks, they discover the limits of desire and the possibilities of transcendence. Four juxtaposes the relationships of the 2 couples struggling with their desires and demons.
Wendell Pierce stars as Joe; Aja Naomi King is his daughter Abigayle; Emory Cohen is June, the teenage white boy; E.J. Bonilla plays Dexter; and Yolonda Ross plays Wendell’s wife.
It’s a film we’ve been tracking since 2011; it made its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it picked up the award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition. And Pierce is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The film was produced by Christine Giorgio and Pierce, with Allen Frame and Neil LaBute executive producing.
Wolfe Releasing plans a theatrical release this summer, followed by VOD and DVD.
Jasmin saw it at the LAFF last summer, and reviewed it HERE.
New Yorkers, see it this weekend at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival. For tickets, and playdates, click HERE.
Here’s a teaser: