Spotlights

Baltimore Rising

Description

Directed by The Wire actor Sonja Sohn, this thought-provoking documentary follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, in the wake of Freddie Gray's death, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Sonja Sohn
Producer: Nathan Mook
Executive Producers: Sonja Sohn, Marc Levin, Anthony Hemingway, George Pelecanos and Mark Taylor

Supervising Producers: Daphne Pinkerson and Karen Rozansky

For HBO:
Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

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Blackout

Description

Chain of events that unfolds in a forgotten Brooklyn neighborhood during the summer blackout of 2003.
 

Cast & Credits

Jeffrey Wright
Zoe Saldana
Michael B. Jordan
Saul Rubinek
Jamie Hector
Susan Kelechi Watson
Tobias Truvillion
Prodigy
Latanya Richardson Jackson
Anthony Chisholm
Sean Blakemore
Melvin Van Peebles

Director: Jerry LaMothe
Producers: Judith F. Aidoo and Jeffrey C. Wright
DP: Ben Wolf

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Double Play

Description

Set in Curacao, Double Play, is the story of Dr. Ostrik Fiel's return to his childhood home, and the haunting memory of fateful events from when he was a young boy. Forty years earlier, over a long standing game of dominoes, the destinies of four men and two women are revealed through a tale of love, loss and deadly betrayal.
 

Cast & Crew

Louis Gossett Jr.
Lennie James
Colin Salmon
Mustafa Shakir
Isaach De Bankolé
Alexander Karim
La La Anthony
Saycon Sengbloh
Melanie Liburd
Dani Dare
Bronson Pinchot

Director: Ernest Dickerson
Screenwriters: Evan Jones, Alaric Smeets
Producer(s): Lisa Cortés, Gregory Elias
DP: Patrick Murguia
Composer: Jay Wadley
Editor: Stephen Lovejoy

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Marshall

Description

MARSHALL is based on a true incident in the life of Thurgood Marshall, long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The NAACP sends Marshall to to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that became tabloid fodder. Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.
 

Cast & Crew

Chadwick Boseman
Josh Gad
Kate Hudson
Dan Stevens
Sterling K. Brown
James Cromwell 

Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Jake Koskoff and Michael Koskoff
Executive Producers: Peter Luo and Belton Lee
Producers: Paula Wagner, Jonathan Sanger, and Reginald Hudlin
 

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Queen Sugar

Description

In the OWN drama “Queen Sugar,” the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) relocates to Louisiana, to help run the family business and take on the role as the only black female sugarcane mill owner. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a landowner in the eyes of his family while Nova (Rutina Wesley) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved.
 

Cast & Crew

Rutina Wesley
Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Kofi Siriboe
Omar J. Dorsey
Tina Lifford
Nicholas L. Ashe
Dondre T. Whitfield
Timon Kyle Durrett
Bianca Lawson
Ethan Hutchison 

Executive Producer: Ava DuVernay
Executive Producer: Oprah Winfrey
Executive Producer: Monica Macer
Co-Executive Producer: Paul Garnes
Co-Executive Producer: Jason Wilborn
Supervising Producer: Carla Gardini
Supervising Producer: Anthony Sparks
Producer: Kat Candler
Co-Producer: Dana Greenblatt
Co-Producers: Christiana Hooks Mimi Won Techentin
Based on the book by: Natalie Baszile
Director of Photography: Kira Kelly
Production Designer: Ina Mayhew
Edited by: Shoshanah Tanzer
Music by: Meshell Ndegeocello
Story Editor: Davita Scarlett
Guest Starring: Sharon Lawrence Gayle King Alimi Ballard, David Jensen Reagan Gomez
Casting by: Aisha Coley, CSA
Louisiana Casting by: Tracy Kilpatrick, CSA
Costume Designer: Sandra Hernandez
Set Decorator: Owl Dwyer
Department Head Make-Up: LaLette Littlejohn
Department Head Hair: Nancy Morrison
 

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Released

Description

Through a diary-like lens the new documentary series, “Released” presents autobiographical portraits of formerly incarcerated individuals as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time. During their first 90 days out of prison, each attempt to reconnect with their loved ones, establish their independence and begin the long, hard work of resurrecting their abandoned lives.
 

Cast & Crew

Docu-Series Subject: Kevin
Docu-Series Subject: Bruce
Docu-Series Subject: Kay
Docu-Series Subject: Michael
Docu-Series Subject: Jermaine
Docu-Series Subject: Sam
Executive Producer: Jon Sinclair
Consulting Producer: Shaka Senghor
Showrunner: Keayr Braxton
 

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TALES: Trap Queen

Description

Inspired by the lyrics of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” this episode of Tales tells the story of devoted love: Crystal (Michelle Mitchenor) discovers that her boyfriend -- the love of her life – Reggie (Lance Gross), is running drugs out of the strip club they own together. Despite her initial hesitation, Crystal decides to join forces with Reggie in order to secure their dream future.
 

Cast & Crew

Michelle Mitchenor
Lance Gross
Jessica Parker Kennedy
J. Alphonse Nicholson
Bleu Davinci
Jermel Howard
Woody McClain
Holly Morris
Tammy Rivera

Executive Producer: Irv Gotti
Producer: Ron Robinson
Producer: Joy Kecken
Co-Producer: Darcell Bryant
Co-Producer: John Bryant
Associate Producer: Darien Baldwin
Line Producer / UPM: Les Franck
Director: Benny Boom
Writer: Sara Feinberg
Writer: Joy Kecken
Director of Photography: Tommy Maddox
Production Designer: Ry Small
Art Director: Matt Jones
Casting Director – LA: Leah Daniels-Butler
Casting Director – ATL: George Pierre
Costume Designer: Provi Fulp-Ramphal
Hair Department Head: Derek J
Makeup Department Head: Christelsie Johnson
1st AD: Marlon Wall
Script Supervisor: Aaron Rosendary
Sound Mixer: Serena Reichenbaugh
Location Manager: Christopher Askew
Stunt Coordinator: Mark Hicks
Post Supervisor: Kristen Walter
Editor: T David Binns and Tristan McClain
 

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