Yesterday on Wednesday, Oct. 2, The Cinema Society and fashion label Tommy Hilfiger hosted a special screening of CodeBlack Entertainment's "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," which hits theaters on Oct. 11. From the film: Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys (Executive Producer), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Julito McCullum, director George Tillman Jr. and producers Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum were all in attendance. Of course the evening's host designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee Hilfiger, walked the red carpet as well at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.
Alicia wore Celine top and Cesare Paciotti shoes at the screening. Jennifer wore an Aimly Rich top, Viktor and Rolf skirt, and Saint Laurent boots at the screening. Both ladies looked edgy and chic in black.
It's about "the experience of these two boys trying to survive the summer in Brooklyn. It's something that no matter where you're from or where you grew up, you can relate to, you can relate to the struggle and the hope," Alicia Keys told Examiner.com on the red carpet.
"At first I was already drawn to it because there is no one on this planet, that's not going to be drawn to it...now as a mother even more, I remember the last time that I saw it at Sundance I was kind of more angry, but also hopeful for them, but angry they had to go through that," Keys continued.
We also spoke with Jennifer Hudson who brought the inspiration for her character, Lisa, who is a recovered drug addict. "It was just an honor to be around her...she's wonderful, honest and she loves me," Lisa said on working with Jennifer Hudson. Hudson exclaimed, "I do! She's so sweet as you can see." Lisa said that this is an important film "to help people out there that are suffering with pain, to stop loving something that doesn't love you back, that's it."
We also got to interview another one of the film's stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on the red carpet. Check out our exclusive chat.
How did you get involved with the film?
I had worked with George before on "Faster" and I loved his work when he did the Biggie Smalls story and I actually wrote to him and commented what a great job he did and how much I'd like to work with him, so I got the opportunity to work with him on "Faster" and that's really where we solidified a relationship artist to artist. He mentioned that he was going to direct this movie and that he'd like me to play a part in it.
Tell us about your character.
I play a character by the name of Officer Pike and he's the guy that takes these kids off the streets and puts them into homes, arrests parents, breaks up the families, but for their own good and he's brutal in his execution of his job and he wreaks fear throughout that community, but what we do get to see is the humanity behind the badge, in a brief scene between him and Mister, when he actually captures him and you get this father son relationship and...there's kids faces all stuck to his glove compartment and these are children that he may have rescued, so I was very insistent...that this wasn't simply a man that was joyriding on power - there was a real attachment to his community, it was life and death for him for these kids. Either they were going to prison or they're going to be dead if he didn't act the way he did. It was an interesting character.
Why was this an important story for you to be part of?
I think because I related to it growing up as a kid, I had a tough upbringing and I think there was a beauty in the relationship between these two kids. I think that's one of the themes that really transcends that when your back is up against the wall no matter what your culture or your creed, you bond together like a family. I think that's very New York, you've seen it in 9/11, just get on with it and you survive together and I think that's a universal message that can come out of the film.
After the screening, guests like Alicia's husband Swizz Beatz, Sean Parker, Maxwell, Bryan Greenberg, Jamie Chung, Clive Davis, Steve Buscemi, Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), Brian Geraghty, Natasha Bedingfield, Mare Winningham, Gloria Reuben, Frank Grillo, Dulé Hill, Jaime Cepero, Nicole Miller, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kristen Gore, Ann Dexter-Jones, Garrett Neff, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir headed to Jungle City Studios (Alicia Keys' recording studio) where they snacked on Olivier Cheng's fabulous catering, which included Lobster BLT's, Peking Duck, chicken and shrimp fritter and drank Hennessy cocktails.