It’s not much (about 25 seconds), but I just happened to catch the below MSNBC interview with director Shaka King, speaking with Chris Matthews about an unfair judicial system that has put large numbers of black men behind bars on minor drug offenses.
And it’s really maybe only the second bit of footage that we’ve seen of the film thus far, since its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, in the NEXT <=> section. Much of the media we have on the film is in the form of still photos. But no trailer yet, and no lengthy official clips released yet.
That should change soon with Phase 4 Films opening the crowd-pleasing Newlyweeds on September 18, 2013, at Film Forum theaters in New York City.
The gritty, stoner romantic dramedy, King’s feature film debut, stars Amari Cheatom and newcomer Trae Harris, in addition to Isiah Whitlock, Colman Domingo, Tonya Pinkins, Diane Neal, Adrian Martinez and Hassan Johnson.
Jim Wareck, Michael Matthews, Shaka King and Gbenga Akinnagbe are all producers.
Described as a bittersweet blend of comedy and drama, shot by Daniel Patterson, Newlyweeds is the story of polar opposites Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and Nina (Trae Harris) – a repo-man and a flower child whose bond is forged and frayed by their mutual adoration and voracious consumption of cannabis.
Ahead of its September theatrical debut, Newlyweeds will screen at the Rooftop Films summer screening series, here in NYC, on July 18.
Read Zeba’s enthusiastic Sundance review of the film HERE.
Watch the MSNBC clip below for your first look at footage from the film: