We just discovered a film that is going to open the American Black Film Festival in Miami titled In The Hive (formally titled The Discarded Boys) is directed by Robert Townsend!
We hear that the film starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Loretta Devine, Vivica Foxx and newcomer Jonathan “Lil J” McDaniel in the lead role is set to open up the festival with a lot of critical acclaim, as we hear this film is one of Townsend’s edgiest work to date.
The film is based on the real experiences of the people who attend and teach at a special school in North Carolina called “The Hive.” It’s based on a true story about this woman in North Carolina named Vivian Saunders, who basically without really any formal education, started an alternative school for all these boys who were being kicked out: gang bangers, drug dealers, and they’re all teenagers, fathers at the very young ages of 14 and 15.
The film was cast by Amber Bickham and Eileen Knight, and written by Cheryl L. West.
The ABFF kicks off July 6, 2011 in Miami. FOr more information about the film and the festival please visit http://www.abff.com!
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Warren J. BrownJuly 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM
PHENOMENAL!! I saw “In The Hive” during a special screening for youth at the NAACP national convention in Los Angeles. I am currently the President of the Warren J. Brown Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona (warrenjbrown.org). Growing up in South Central Los Angeles and having worked with many gang members and at-risk youth over the past 20 years, I can honestly say that Robert Townsend nailed it! How so? The script was incredible, the actors (especially the young ones) fully immersed themselves into their respective roles, and probably the single most important measurement of success is that ALL the youth in attendance GOT IT! So much that they was not a dry eye in the room. As if that wasn’t enough the entire cast including Robert Townsend held a panel discussion with the audience. My goal is to host a similar screening for more youth in Phoenix.
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