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‘Welcome To Pine Hill’ Opens At IFC Center In NYC Today

'Welcome To Pine Hill' Opens At IFC Center In NYC Today

Oscilloscope Laboratories is releasing Keith Miller’s quietly absorbing work of cinema verite, Welcome To Pine Hill, starting TODAY, March 1 at IFC in NYC.

The film follows a recently reformed drug dealer, now working as a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night, who receives some earth-shattering news, forcing him to make peace with himself.

It’s a work of art that received enough votes to appear on the S&A Best of 2012 list, a film that blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction, presenting an atmospheric depiction of a journey to self-discovery and spiritual redemption, taken by an unlikely cinematic lead character – a lonely, single, relatively quiet black male in his 20s, who cuts an imposing figure, but who carries himself with a tenderness you wouldn’t usually see in depictions of black men on screen.

In our review of it, we called it, the “un-urban,” “urban” film, with a lead character that Hollywood wouldn’t know what to do with.

The narrative was inspired by a chance encounter between director Miller and the film’s star Shannon Harper, who found themselves fighting over a lost dog one night in Brooklyn, NY, has its beginnings in a short film, titled Prince/William, before it was expanded into the feature film we know as Welcome To Pinehill.

Made in collaboration with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a group which writer/director Miller belongs, the film, a 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab participant, World Premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival last year, where it won the Grand Jury Award.

Check out a trailer for the film below, and underneath, you’ll find the short film, Prince/William, that came before the feature:

Here’s the 8-minute long short film:

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