Saturday, October 13, 2012

4 reasons WATCH to 'Middle of Nowhere' this weekend

'Middle of Nowhere' is a dynamic Indie film that should be on every one's must see list. I got a chance to watch the movie at the Urban World Film Festival here in New York City recently and I was blown away. Here are 4 reasons that you should RUN and not walk to catch this flick when it hits theaters this weekend.

1. If it's good enough for Oprah..

This week Mama O  called the movie "powerful and dynamic" and tweeted this sweet message to the director of the film "Saw your movie. Excellent job especially with no money. Bravo to you my sistah". Isn't that just wonderful?! We all know about that Oprah-effect, meaning if you get an endorsement from the talk show queen that should equate to magic at the box office. I hope all 14 million of her followers will heed her advice and go see 'Middle Of Nowhere'.

2. A Star is Born
Emayatzy Corinealdi
The movie's lead actress is a mostly undiscovered newbie who is on her way to becoming a HUGE star. Emayatzy Corinealdi plays Ruby in 'Middle Of Nowhere", a young newlywed who is thrust into a challenging situation after her husband played by Omari Hardwick is incarcerated for a felony. The actress who is part Italian and part Panamanian is receiving Oscar buzz for onscreen performance. She is definitely one to watch.

3. Black women making history
Ava DuVernay
The film's director Ava DuVernay earned the distinction of being the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize for her second feature film "Middle of Nowhere". This my friends is no small feat. Ava made the transition from being a publicist to being a renowned filmmaker and did this all on a shoe string budget of $200,000.Go girl!

4. The Men

The cast flanked by director Ava DuVernay
When I went to the screening a few weeks ago, one of the audience members noted that the men in the movie showcased a side of black men that we aren't used to seeing. The movie features Omari Hardwick and David Oyelowo vying for Ruby's love in what becomes an interesting love triangle. The easy on the eyes actors nail their roles and show us that black men know how to show and express love without any trepidation. How refreshing.

I promise you that after you watch this movie, the characters will stay with you forever. The cinematography is exquisite, the music in the movie is unlike anything you have ever heard before and the editing is just perfect! 'Middle of Nowhere' opens in NY, LA, ATL, DC and Philly this weekend, check your local listings for more info. If you go see it, please let me know what you think!


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