CodeBlack Films, a Lionsgate company, announced Wednesday that it has acquired the U.S. rights to the romantic drama Things Never Said, starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton. And just in time for the 2013 Black Film Festival in Miami.
The film, based on the original screenplay by Charles Murray, centers on an aspiring poet (Hampton) who dreams of sharing her work in New York City, but is “held back by deferred dreams and a dangerous marriage.” Her interest in a new love (Hardwick) pushes the determined talent to begin living for herself.
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“I’m excited to be in business with Codeblack Films, which is passionate about providing an avenue for positive Black films to reach wide audiences,” Murray said in a statement. “The release of this film honors my mother and father’s story and the kid I once was, who hoped he could make movies like the ones he grew up watching.
The film also stars Elimu Nelson, Michael Beach, Tamala Jones and Dorian Missick. CodeBlack’s acquisition continues its mission of providing a platform where diverse and positive images of the Black experience can be shared.
Things Never Said will screen at ABFF on Thursday (June 20), as well as at the BET Experience Film Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 29. Check out the trailer below.