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UWFF 13 Preview: ‘The Volunteer’ at Soup Kitchen Has Affair w/ Homeless Man (Aunjanue Ellis)

UWFF 13 Preview: 'The Volunteer' at Soup Kitchen Has Affair w/ Homeless Man (Aunjanue Ellis)

Also premiering at the UrbanWorld Film Festival, which takes place Sept 18-22, is the Aunjanue Ellis-starrer titled The Volunteer

In the drama, helmed by Vicky Wight (her first feature film), Ellis stars as Leigh, an apathetic, guilt-ridden 40-year old woman who starts volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Conflict arises when she begins an “electric” affair with a homeless man, and now Leigh must hide it from her long-time boyfriend and family.

The Volunteer also stars Ebon Moss-BachrachHill HarperMary Beth HurtScott WolfEisa Davis and Noah Gray-Cabey.

See full synopsis below:

After dramatically leaving her successful but soul-crushing career, forty-something Leigh finds herself wondering if there’s more to life, to love, to everything. Overwhelmed by apathy and a vague sense of guilt, she decides to volunteer at a local soup kitchen where, for the first time, she sees how the other half lives. While working at the kitchen, she begins an unexpected and electric affair with a homeless man, Ethan. Almost ten years his senior, Leigh attempts to hide from her long-time boyfriend, her family, and her new co-workers the role Ethan plays in her life. After a series of troubling encounters however, she begins to realize Ethan’s charm may be masking a troubled past. 

No trailer as of yet, although we’re certainly looking forward to those first clips of the film. 

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