*An involving and intelligently observed drama that puts a human face to a national turmoil, Halfway offers some poignant reflections on America’s broken justice system and the overall conflict of race relations inside the nation.
The movie tells the story of Byron (Quinton Aaron, The Blind Side), a recently released convict who finds himself trapped between his legal past and his new life upon probation as the only black man in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town. Physically imposing, yet socially reserved, Byron struggles to adjust to children riven with problems and a globe far beyond his comfort zone.
“We are unquestionably thrilled to be partnering up with the Urban Movie Channel for this distinctive premiere of Halfway . It has been a great journey for all of us with this film and we are excited for it to now reach the wider audience. We are so grateful to Angela [Northington] and her team for assuming in us, ” said Jonny Paterson, the producer of the movie.
The first appearance feature from writer/director Ben Caird with lead actor Quinton Aaron, Tommy Oliver (The Perfect Guy), and Nnamdi Asomugha (Crown Heights) serving as executive producers, the film has only been seen at select film festivals through the entire country.
During its run on the festival circuit, the film picked up several awards such as the Ultra Indie Award at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Best Film Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and the Best Film Honor at the Weyauwega Film Festival. “A truly excellent film” (Huffington Post), Halfway also stars Marcus Henderson (Get Out), Gillian Zinser (90210), T. J. Power (Eat Pray Love), Jeffrey Demunn (The Walking Dead) and Amy Pietz.
Premiered April 7, 2017, the Swirl Films Production, Women Book Club. Bunny (Angell Conwell, Baby Boy) and Carlyle (Lyriq Bent) have been best friends since senior high school. Now in their 30’s, they are also roommates. Despite their undeniable attraction for one another, they have managed to keep their own relationship platonic. Bunny’s group of buddies, plus her meddling mother (Jackee Harry), known as the Ladies Book Membership, would love to see the best friends cross that will line once and for all. Directed by Wendy Thomas Jr., Ladies Book Golf club also stars Elise Neal (No Regrets, Logan) and Amanda Seales (HBO’s Insecure).
Furthermore premiering on UMC this month from up and coming Canadian filmmakers Sheldon Shaw, Johnwoo Richardson, and Shawn Harris, is the entertainment documentary This is for Toronto. An ode to the fourth largest city in North America, This is for Toronto explores the rise of entertainment culture in the Canadian mecca and the global impact that it continues to be making on the industry.
In the documentary, veterans and the brand new generation share their insights on how far the Toronto has come, where it is going and the milestones that continue to be achieved by its natives worldwide. This is for Toronto premiered April, 2017 . Available at www.UMC.tv , UMC is the first premium subscription streaming service that showcases high quality African American and urban entertainment throughout all genres from RLJ Amusement (NASDAQ: RLJE).
Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is the first subscription streaming service designed for African American and urban audiences in North America that features quality urban content material and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, along with other exclusive content.
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