It was another sunny and beautiful day in Los Angeles and everyone was very excited about the world premier of the film 'Blackbird' from director Patrik-Ian Polk. The film is an adaptation of the book from Larry Duplechan and stars Academy Award Winner Mo'Nique, Isaiah Washington and new comer Julian Walker. Rounding out the cast are Gary LeRoi Gray, Kevin Allesee, D. Woods and Terrell Tilford.
Patrik-Ian Polk an openly gay director best known for films dealing with African-American LGBT experience, masterfully directs the cast in telling the story of a young man growing up in the south with a religious mother and struggling with his sexuality. This is Mo'nique's first film since her riveting and Oscar winning performance in 'Precious' Not only does she star in the film, but together with her husband Sidney, she's also the executive producer.
So many people in the LGBT community go through life never fully feeling love or acceptance and even live in fear of someone discovering the secret they try so hard to keep. This film brilliantly tells the story and a young man and his family tackling the real life issues of being gay and how unconditional love and acceptance help us heal and move forward.
During the films world premier at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Isaiah Washington and Mo'Nique both expressed how the story of this film is one that needed to be told and their hope is that the film drives home the message of acceptance and love. Julian Walker said that being part of this film was like telling his own story.
This film is not just about sexuality identity, but about learning to love, accept and embrace people for who they are, not for what we want them to be. This film will challenge to think and reshape your thinking on sexuality and what it means to be a man. It will insist that lead with love and encourage you to fight for a time where no one has to hide who they are or live in fear.
'Blackbird' will definitely be a contender during next year's award season, but most of all it will be the start of excellent story telling which encourages the two things everyone strives for.....unconditional love and acceptance