We like new movies that star Black people, aren’t remakes, and actually tell a story.

Based on true events in the midst of the 2000 election, AMERICAN VIOLET tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a small Texas town who is barely making ends meet on a waitress’ salary and government subsidies.

On an early November morning while Dee works a shift at the local diner, the powerful local district attorney (Academy Award® nominee Michael O’Keefe) leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her Arlington Springs housing project with military precision. Police drag Dee from work in handcuffs, dumping her in the squalor of the women’s county prison. Indicted based on the uncorroborated word of a single and dubious police informant facing his own drug charges, Dee soon discovers she has been charged as a drug dealer.

Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid or any subsequent searches, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison and fight the charges thus, jeopardizing her custody and risking a long prison sentence.

Despite the urgings of her mother (Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she chooses to fight the district attorney and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer (Will Patton), Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life and the Texas justice system. AMERICAN VIOLET also stars Emmy Award® winner Charles S. Dutton and Xzibit.

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I’m going to see this film on Friday or Saturday night…holla if you plan to do the same.  I can tell you now, I will probably go to Culver City.

– California Theatres and Locations-

4/17/2009
Culver City

Pacific Culver City 12

4/17/2009
El Segundo
Pacific Beach Cities 16

4/17/2009
Encino
Laemmle Town Center 5

4/17/2009
Irvine
Regal Westpark

4/17/2009
Long Beach
Regal Long Beach 26

4/17/2009
Los Angeles
The Bridge Cinema Deluxe

4/17/2009
Los Angeles
Magic Johnson Crenshaw

4/17/2009
Pasadena
Laemmle Playhouse 7

5/1/2009
Berkeley
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas

5/1/2009
Mountain View
Cinemark 16

5/1/2009
Pleasant Hill
Cinemark 16 Downtown

5/1/2009
Redwood City
Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20

5/1/2009
San Francisco
Cinemark Century Centre 9

5/1/2009
San Jose
Cinemark Oakridge 20

5/1/2009
San Rafael Smith
Rafael Film Center

5/1/2009
Union City
Cinemark 25

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