BLACKBIRD in Theaters April 24
There are movies that come out all the time that may not make it to theaters or you may run into an independent film that deserves a grand audience and has a message that is just as captivating as anything being played in any cinema. One of these movies goes by the name of BLACKBIRD and it demands to captivate its audience.
BLACKBIRD tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian who tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father (Isaiah Washington) left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother (Mo’Nique), sings lead in the church choir and is the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret struggle – a denial of his true self. It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.
The setting revolves around a town in Mississippi, which also happens to be the hometown of its director, Patrik Ian Polk. The movie happens to be based off of a novel that was written around 30 years ago. That is what makes this movie so great is that the issues are still prevalent in today’s society. The peak interest of the film is to see others perspective on an issue one person is dealing with. Each character is intermingled to the struggle of identity. Choice of sexuality in the south and in the African American community continues to be a debatable issue. BLACKBIRD brings it together by identifying the struggles and redemption of the outcomes of individual choices. These are key points to remember because everyone can relate and bring themselves to a parallel level with several of the characters.
There is great dialogue in the movie and a lot of messages that may hit home with some people. Blackbird touches on testing your morals of who you really are, finding yourself and staying true to your discovery. You are your own person and you have to be sure to stay true to that no matter what communities or people you may run into.
“I am truly proud to bring this amazing film to the big screen,” said Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique who is an executive producer for the film. “BLACKBIRD is about a young man in Mississippi coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s an incredibly inspiring story that beautifully tells the journey of life, love, family and finding one’s truth through a myriad of personal triumphs, strength and acceptance. After first reading the script, I knew this was a story that we had to tell. It’s a story that will resonate profoundly in the hearts of many, and a story that I knew, if told correctly would create a movement and bring about change to the lives of so many people, especially within the African American and LGBT communities,” she concluded.
Enspire participated in a Q&A with director Patrik Ian Polk moderated by The Grio’s Chris Witherspoon. There was great dialogue about choosing this topic, cast and development of the film. Patrick stated that BLACKBIRD is an independent film which speaks about what is going on in society now with families accepting decisions they may or may not agree with. His advice for those dealing with those inner struggles…“Speak your mind and stay true to yourself or what you believe.” – Patrik Ian Polk
BLACKBIRD hits theaters April 24, we encourage you to grab a friend and hit the theater to see it! Be sure to spread your support of the film by using the hashtag #IAmBlackbird while being captivated by its powerful message. It is an amazing film that everyone should have the fortunate pleasure of watching.