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Rick Famuyiwa’s ‘Dope’ Will Have its LA Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Rick Famuyiwa's 'Dope' Will Have its LA Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival

We recently reported that Rick Famuyiwa’s buzzy Sundance feature will open the American Black Film Festival in New York on June 11.

Those in Los Angeles won’t be left out, as the film will have its LA premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in a special pre-festival screening on Monday, June 8 at 7:30pm. 

“With his newest filmDope, writer/director Rick Famuyiwa has reclaimed film as an energetic resource for entertainment and social reflection,” said Elvis Mitchell, FilmIndependent Curator. “This idea-driven, fast-moving comedy-drama tracks the way African-Americans wrestle with the concept that either they affect the culture or culture subsumes them.”

The film stars Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown. Dope is produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, with Pharrell Williams, Michael Y. Chow, Rick Famuyiwa and David Lonner serving as executive producers. Sean Combs serves as co-executive producer and Mimi Valdes and Caron Veazy are co-producers.

In “Dope,” Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in  Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. 

Open Road Films will release the film nationwide on June 19, 2015.

Tickets to the LA Film Festival screening of “Dope” are available to LA Film Fest passholders. Find details HERE.  

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