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Two Indie Feature Films Executive Produced by Spike Lee Open This Weekend

Two Indie Feature Films Executive Produced by Spike Lee Open This Weekend

As Julius Onah moves on to bigger and better things (over a year ago, he was tapped by Paramount and J.J. Abrams, to direct the sci-fi thriller “God Particle;” and was also signed up by Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures, to direct an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel “Brilliance,” which Will Smith was once attached to star in), his feature film directorial debut, the under-seen and still unreleased (until this weekend) indie crime caper, “The Girl Is In Trouble,” is finally being released courtesy of eOne Films, on VOD and in-theaters, starting on April 3, 2015. 

Executive produced by Spike Lee, and starring former “Scandal” star Columbus Short, the New York City (Lower East Side)-set film follows a struggling DJ who unravels a mystery that connects a desperate young woman (played by Alicja Bachleda) to a missing drug dealer, and the scion of New York’s most powerful stockbroker.

Onah, an NYU Tisch School grad, called it “a passionate and personal valentine to the ever-evolving neighborhood he calls home.”

Wilmer Valderrama and Jesse Spencer co-star in the project.

Onah directed from a script penned by himself and Mayuran Tiruchelvam.

After just about 3 years traveling the film festival circuit, the rest of you can finally get to see the drama-thriller, whether at a theater near you, or in the comfort of your living rooms via VOD, starting today, April 3. It’s theatrical release is limited, but if it’s not playing at a theater near you, it’s also available on iTunes, where you can rent or buy it.

A trailer below:

Also executive produced by Spike Lee and directed by NYU grad Josef Kubota Wladyka, the Colombian production, “Manos Sucias” (“Dirty Hands”), opens in limited release, via Tenacious Productions, today, April 3, 2015.

Scripted by Alan Blanco and Wladika, “Manos Sucias” stars Cristian Advincula and Jarlin Martinez as Delio and Jacobo; the latter is a desperate fisherman and seasoned trafficker, who, along with the naive Delio, unprepared for the grim reality, decide to traffic millions of dollars worth of cocaine up the Colombian Pacific coast, while towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat.

Shooting entirely on location – in areas that bear the indelible scars of drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare – director Josef Kubota Wladyka establishes a sense of place with great sensitivity, capturing the visceral paradox of incredible vibrancy, yet devastating poverty, which permeate the conflicted region.

Refusing to glamorize the drug trade, “Manos Sucias” instead offers a rare glimpse of its devastating effects.

Check out the trailer for the film below:

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