Soul City: Grace


New Orleans, 1968. After the death of her mother, eight-year-old Althea is left in the care of her devoutly religious yet verbally abusive godmother, Grace. When the abuse heightens, Althea turns to drawing to release her pain. Unbeknownst to her, Althea's thoughts expressed through her art manifest far beyond the paper. After Grace suffers an untimely death, Althea is taken in by Grace's friend, a kind, fellow church-member. Years pass, and Althea moves with her own family into a new home. While unpacking, Althea’s daughter stumbles upon her mother's old drawings and unearths more than just memories of Althea's past.


Principal Cast
Rhonda Johnson Dents
Omar J. Dorsey
Mikaela Kimani Armstrong
Deneen Tyler

Directors: Coodie & Chike
Executive Producers: Audrey Rosenberg and Jess Jacobs
Executive Producers for Topic: Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Mona Panchal
Writer: Renso Amariz
Cinematographer: Joshua J. Bagnall

Director’s Biography

Coodie & Chike's first collaboration in 2004 resulted in a chart-topping video, catapulting the career of Kanye West. The duo continued collaborating with high-profile artists like Pitbull, Erykah Badu and Ed Sheehan, among others. They formed "Creative Control" and directed award-winning projects including the ESPN 30-for-30 "BENJI" and "Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ," winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award. Most recently, "A KID FROM CONEY ISLAND" world-premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim