— Gondobay Manga II (@IWashington) September 5, 2013
In February, we highlighted the casting call for the 5th feature film from Patrik-Ian Polk, the acclaimed filmmaker (nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards & 3 Image Awards, winner of a GLAAD Award for Best Film) of LGBT-themed indie films like Noah’s Arc, Punks, and most recently, The Skinny, and creator of the Noah’s Arc series for the Logo network.
Titled Blackbird (the second feature film by a black filmmaker, with that titled, announced this year; Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing the other), centers on a talented teenage singer who’s struggling with religion, sexuality, a troubled home life and other high school woes in a small Southern Baptist town – a journey that ultimately leads to him learning to accept and love who he is.
The film was shot earlier this year, with Isaiah Washington playing the teen’s estranged father, who’s sympathetic to his son’s plight, and assists in his coming of age.
While not ETA on when the film will make its debut, I’d expect a 2014 film festival premiere.
It’s been a turnaround year for Mr Washington, which started with a boom at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the lauded Blue Caprice. His dynamic performance in The Undershepherd followed in the spring. Coming up, catch him in John Sayles’ drama/thriller, Go For Sisters, the CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100, behind the camera as producer for the documentary African vs African American: Silent Sibling Rivalry, executive producing the web series REDEMPTION, For Colored Boys, and more.