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Sundance 2013 Previews: Films and Web Series to Watch

Entertainment 03 Apr 2013   »   by Sela Foukimoana

Al Johnson

“Lenox Avenue”

Dramatic Web Series

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Al Thompson, creative mind behind “Lenox Avenue” (Photo credit: ValDean Entertainment)

The sexy dramatic series by actor/director Al Thompson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”/“Love Don’t Cost A Thing”) not only delivers on entertainment, it breaks the traditional mold of romantic dramas while showcasing a truly modern Harlem.

Centered around three male friends, who live, work, and love in New York City, “Lenox Avenue” portrays an increasingly gentrified Uptown neighborhood.  There is less focus on Harlem’s hustled streets and more on the platinum card-induced fun at upscale, neighborhood nightclubs.  Storylines of workplace trysts, one-night stands, and friends with benefits take the viewer through a Harlem rarely seen on television, set against the backdrop of a racially-diverse, trendy neighborhood.

Perfectly cast, buddies Owen (Al Thompson), Sellars (Dorian Missick, TNT’s “Southland”), and Vaughn (Ryan Vigilant, “Gossip Girl”) lean on each other as flings, friends, and fiancées get the best of them.

This isn’t Thompson’s first foray into digital series, too.  The acclaimed actor/director with multiple credits under his belt also created the award-winning online show “Johnny B. Homeless,” which MTV Networks’ Atom.com picked up in 2010 and aired on Comedy Central’s Atom TV.

Easily addictive, “Lenox Avenue” not only delivers on sexy storylines that keep you wanting more, it portrays a fresh view of the neighborhood too often cast as the place for crime scenes or car thefts.

In “Lenox Avenue” Harlem is more than a setting — it’s another character in the series.

You can watch “Lenox Avenue” at www.lenoxaveseries.com and check out additional content by actor/director Al Thompson at www.youtube.com/AlThompsonInc

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Deon Taylor

“Supremacy”

Preview Screening

Based on a true story that took place in the sleepy town of Santa Rosa, California, “Supremacy” follows the redeeming tale of a ruthless Aryan Brotherhood member, Garrett Tully.  After spending 14 years in solitary confinement, Tully is released from Pelican Bay State Prison and is picked up by Doreen Lesser, a white supremacist groupie.  What happens over the next couple hours changes the course of Tully’s life: He murders a sheriff’s deputy in a routine traffic stop, flees with Lesser to the hills of Sonoma County, then storms the first farmhouse he comes across, and takes a family hostage.  This family, it turns out, is the only black family in the neighborhood and its patriarch — like Tully — is an ex-convict himself.

Screening the film’s chilling yet compelling trailer during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Deon Taylor said, “after I heard about it, I thought, ‘I have to tell this story.'”  The film stars Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”), Joe Anderson (“Breaking Dawn Part 2”), Lela Rochon (“Any Given Sunday”), and Derek Luke (“Sparkle”).  Expected release this summer.

 

Review By: Sela Foukimoana
Twitter: @selaviie

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