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Exclusive: AFFRM + Array Debut Netflix Streaming Release Of Neil Drumming’s ‘Big Words’ Today!

Exclusive: AFFRM + Array Debut Netflix Streaming Release Of Neil Drumming's 'Big Words' Today!

AFFRM + Array Releasing have announced the Netflix streaming release of Neil Drumming’s crowd-pleasing, nostalgic dramedy, Big Words, starting today, January 6, 2014.

Drumming’s lauded Slamdance 2013 Official Selection enjoyed an international tour last year, that saw it released theatrically in the USA, followed by UK and Sierra Leone playdates.

The Brooklyn-set Big Words centers on members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30’s, struggling with regret, disappointment and change, set against the backdrop of Election Night, 2008 – when Barack Obama was elected.

The film stars Dorian MissickYaya AlafiaGbenga AkinnagbeDarien Sills-EvansZachary Booth and Jean Grae.

Look for it on streaming on Netflix right now, for the many of you who weren’t able to see it during its theatrical run!

Trailer below as a refresher:

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Big Words! I was pleasantly surprised. Okay, I have to admit I wasn't a fan of Dorian Missicks acting so I wasn't exactly thrilled with anticipation. But let me tell you, this film was one of the best black films I've seen in quite some time.

The story started out kind of slow but the writing held me. It was well written, smart, intelligent, "new" for a black film, witty and all that sh*t. Even more surprising was the acting. Dorian Missick (John) the recently fired once upon a time rapper, Yaya Alafia (Annie), the stripper and wanna-be singer who befriends John, Darien Sills-Evan (Malik) the DJ of the group who was stuck in the past and Gbenga Akinnagbe (James), one member of the group who after the group's breakup comes out of the closet, all killed their parts.

Now although I said the story started a little, the plot(s) thickened every scene. I was like "oh lord, what's gonna jump-off now?" and "don't tell me ol'boy and ol'girl are going to hookup?" and "I wonder what he went to prison for? Don't tell me he's a rapist?". And hat tip to the director. There was about 5 storylines happening throughout the film, each pulling me in and all connected to each other, all of which were filled with suspense and intrigue and just enough humor.

Btw, this was not Dorian's film. He may have been overshadowed by several other actors.

Yep, I recommend this one.

Chris T.

I saw this at the BronzeLenz film fest in Atlanta. AWESOME FILM!!!!!!!! I'm very very very very glad a broader audience is going to be able to see it.


Oh good! I wanted to see this last year! I'm also keeping my fingers crossed for Middle of Nowhere :)


This was in my top 10 films of 2013. I'm glad it's on Netflix now to reach a wider audience.


Nice! i wanted to see this.

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