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"Boys" Replace "Gospel" As Black Film Fest's Opener

A promotional image for Nicholas Harvell's "Dough Boys." Image courtesy of the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival has announced that Nicholas Harvell's "Dough Boys," will replace the previously announced film - Giancarlo Esposito’s "Gospel Hill" - to open the 10th anniversary edition of the festival on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.

First-time director Harvell's film follows four troubled city youths and the poor choices they make. The film stars Arlen Escarpeta ("Friday the 13th"), Cory Hardrict ("Gran Torino," "He's Just Not That Into You"), Maurice McRae ("The King"), Lorenzo Eduardo ("The Hammer"), Wood Harris ("The Wire") and Sticky Fingaz ("Blade, "Doing Hard Time").

"Dough Boys" is the first film to emerge from Give Back Raise Up, a program founded by Preston Whitmore (who produced the film) to fund independent films and give up-and-coming directors, actors and filmmakers the opportunity to utilize their creative skills. Whitmore has pledged to continue to finance and produce low budget pictures to provide a showcase for talented newcomers both in front of and behind the camera.

"We are proud to have this film open our 10th anniversary festival," said Tanya Kersey, founder and executive director of HBFF, in a statement. "The genesis of this film through Preston's Give Back Raise Up program speaks to the heart of what the Hollywood Black Film Festival is all about -- bringing new creative voices and visions to the attention of the industry, press and public."

"Dough Boys" will be broadcast on BET on June 15, 2009 and will be released on DVD on June 16, 2009 from BET and Paramount Home Entertainment.

For the festival schedule, a complete list of films, screening tickets, and more information about the Hollywood Black Film Festival, go to the festival's website.

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