Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington and Julian Walker star in the drama Blackbird, based on the novel by Larry Duplechan. Watch the movie trailer below. A young church choir singer (Walker) struggles with his sexuality and the treatment of others while coming of age in a small Southern Baptist community.
Release Date: April 24, 2015 (Limited Theaters, VOD)
Studio: Urban Movie Channel
Genre: Drama, Adaptation
Director: Patrik Ian Polk
Screenwriter: Rikki Beadle Blair, Patrik-Ian Polk
Cast: Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Julian Walker, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
BLACKBIRD is the powerful coming-of-age story of 17-year old Randy Rousseau, a Black high school senior struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in the small religiously conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir with facing everyday trials of life as a high school misfit. Complicating matters, his little sister has been abducted and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his emotionally disturbed, heartbroken mother, Claire. When Claire discovers the shocking secret about her son’s sexuality, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister and insists he turn to the Lord to deliver his soul. Randy’s father, Lance, has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family and steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to become a man.