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Apr 07

St. Louis native Marcus Henderson among cast of Urban Movie Channel feature ‘Halfway’ – St. Louis American

Jennings native and Yale School of Drama graduate Marcus Henderson, last seen in Jordan Peele�™s box office smash �œGet Out” will be among the co-stars of �œHalfway” on the Urban Movie Channel. “Halfway” offers reflections on America’s broken justice system and the overall conflict of race relations within the nation.

Premiering on UMC, Friday, April 21, 2017, the film tells the story of Byron (Quinton Aaron, The Blind Side), a recently released convict who finds himself trapped between his criminal past and his new life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town. Physically imposing, yet socially reserved, Byron struggles to adjust to a family riven with problems and a world far beyond his comfort zone.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering up with the Urban Movie Channel for this exclusive premiere of ‘Halfway’,” said Jonny Paterson, the producer of the film. “It has been a great journey for us with this film and we are excited for it to now reach a wider audience. We are so appreciative to Angela [Northington] and her team for believing in us.”

The debut 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 throughout the country. During its run on the festival circuit, the film picked up several awards including the Ultra Indie Award at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Best Film Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and the Best Film Award at the Weyauwega Film Festival. “A truly excellent film” (Huffington Post), Halfway also stars Gillian Zinser (90210), T.J. Power (Eat Pray Love), Jeffrey Demunn (The Walking Dead) and Amy Pietz.

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 created for African American and urban audiences in North America that features quality urban content and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content.

UMC is available on Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire TV, and online at www.UMC.tv.

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