Film: It’s A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy To Open in L.A. Dec. 5

Opens Friday, December 5
The Bridge Cinema DeLux 18
6081 Center Drive
The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center
Los Angeles, CA 90045
theblackandsexymovie.com

Composed of six vignettes of urban pillow talk, the feature film, affectionately referred to as The Black & Sexy Movie, explores the fabric of love and sexuality in the African-American community with comedic overtones and subtle, nuanced dramatics.

The first take is RECIPROCITY; a tit-for-tat battle of the wills between a college co-ed and her sleep-over boyfriend. Putting in some serious work beneath the sheets, Tony comes up for air and a little “reciprocity.” Satisfied, Jeanette, turns over and goes to sleep, leaving Tony completely bewildered. Her Man, follows up, dropping in on a woman coming to terms with the fact that the man in her life belongs to someone else. Growing too comfortable in the relationship, things start to unravel for Helena over D’Andre’s persistently ringing cellphone during their time together. And the audacity for him to actually answer it… On the night of her 17th birthday, Tamala, feels pressured into having sex with a boy she considers to be her “play brother” in TONITE (part 1). But there is a thin line between friends and lovers with boys and girls in high school. And an even thinner line between love, hate, and the male ego. Finding himself trapped without a parachute, a dude attempts to escape from REPRISE, a mini-lude that recycles the idea of reciprocity in reverse. Adventurous and playful, Candi insists on giving her football playing, conservative boyfriend, something he doesn’t want. TONITE (part 2), the second installment of the birthday girl’s fateful night, Tamala, revisits an old school girl crush on Julian, her bff’s big brother and chauffeur for the night. Julian encompasses all that her “play brother” isn’t, cementing the grown man’s lifestyle that she is captivated by, but can’t compete with. In the final vignette, AMERICAN BOYFRIEND, a boy and his ball are trapped in his girl’s bedroom by racial taboos. With too much time to kill, Jesse re-evaluates his relationship with Jasmine who is scared to death to reveal the truth about him.

Cast

Kathryn Taylor … Jeanette (segment: “Reciprocity”)
Brandon Valley Jones … Tony (segment: “Reciprocity”)
Chonte Harris … Helena (segment: “Her Man”)
Marcuis Harris … D’Andre (segment: “Her Man”)
LaKeisha Blackwell … Jade (segment: “Her Man”)
Mylika Davis … Tamala (segment “Tonight”)
Allen Maldonado … Jabari (segment “Tonight”)
Jerome Anthony Hawkins … Julian (segment “Tonight”)
Natalia Morris … Meagan (segment “Tonight”)
Alisa Sherrod … Jill (segment “Tonight”)
Micah Marie … Tracy (segment “Tonight”)
Nana Hill … Candi (segment “Reprise”)
Kareem J. Grimes … Russell (segment “Reprise”)
Alphonso Johnson … Jesse (segment “American Boyfriend”)
Emily Liu … Jasmine (segment “American Boyfriend”)
Chris Yen … Jennie (segment “American Boyfriend”)
Raymond Ma … Mr. Li (segment “American Boyfriend”)
Dana Pan … Mrs. Li (segment “American Boyfriend”)

Production Team

Written and Directed by
Dennis Dortch

Produced by
Layla Mashavu
Dennis Dortch

Co-Produced by
Adetoro Makinde
Cinematography by
Brian Harding

Film Editing by
Dennis Dortch
Tangier A. Clarke

Casting by
Adetoro Makinde

Music Composed by
Henry “Lukecage” Willis

Production Design by
Vali Tirsoaga

Music Supervisor
Brian K. Jackson
Dennis Dortch

Executive Producers
Angela Flowers-Dortch
Ben Ramsey
Jonathan Cutler
Paula Parson

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