Sundance 2020: A Blackhouse Conversation with the Producers and Cast of Charm City Kings

Sundance 2020: A Blackhouse Conversation with the Producers and Cast of Charm City Kings
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Director Angel Manuel Soto, Producer Caleeb Pinkett, and Actor Jahi Di'Allo Winston speak on the panel "A Blackhouse Conversation with the filmmakers and cast from 'Charm City Kings'" during the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020 at The Blackhouse in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation)

Park City, Utah, January 27, 2020 – The Blackhouse Foundation returned for its 3rd day of stacked programming on Sunday, January 26, during The Sundance Film Festival 2020. During A Blackhouse Conversation with the Filmmakers and cast of Charm City Kings – cast members including Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Caleeb Pinkett, and William Catlett - discussed their experiences while shooting on location in Baltimore.

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Clarence Hammond, Writer Sherman Payne, Director Angel Manuel Soto, Producer Caleeb Pinkett, Actor Jahi Di'Allo Winston and Cortney Wills, Entertainment Director of The Grio, speak on the panel "A Blackhouse Conversation with the filmmakers and cast from 'Charm City Kings'" during the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020 at The Blackhouse in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation)

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Clarence Hammond, Writer Sherman Payne, Director Angel Manuel Soto, Producer Caleeb Pinkett, Actor Jahi Di'Allo Winston and Cortney Wills, Entertainment Director of The Grio, speak on the panel "A Blackhouse Conversation with the filmmakers and cast from 'Charm City Kings'" during the Sundance Film Festival (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation)

Angel Manuel Soto, director of Charm City Kings, an official selection of the U.S. Dramtic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Overbrook Entertainment. All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or 'Courtesy of Sundance Institute.' Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.

Angel Manuel Soto, director of Charm City Kings, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Overbrook Entertainment.

Charm City Kings is Executive Produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith for Overbrook Entertainment and will be in theaters this April.

Watch Official Trailer Here: Charm City Kings

The film is directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Dinner Party, at Sundance Film Festival 2018) who returns to the Festival with this electric feature that pulses with teen gusto, thumping hip-hop, and amazing bike tricks. Soto directs an astonishingly talented cast based on the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys.

Actor Jahi Di’Allo Winston (Queen and Slim) plays fourteen-year-old Mouse who desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders.  His older brother, Stro, was their top rider before his tragic death—a loss that consumes Mouse as much as his passion for bikes. Mouse’s mom (Teyonah Parris) and his police mentor, Detective Rivers (William Catlett), work overtime to help the charismatic teen reach his full potential, but when the Midnight Clique’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes the boy under his wing, the lure of revving his own dirt bike skids Mouse toward a road way past the straight and narrow.

Watch Official Trailer Here: Charm City Kings

The Blackhouse Foundation co-founder Brickson Diamond is excited to present Charm City Kings to Sundance and says this represents the pinnacle of what they strive for in their mission.  "The line-up is more diverse than ever. We count 55 films, episodic, VR and live performance projects with black directors, subject matter and/or cast included in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival programming." 

Diamond says this represents yet another record and a beautiful trajectory from the seven programmed black films that accompanied their first year at Sundance in 2007. "We couldn't be more excited about and proud of our community and the Sundance team. Our incredible sponsors and brilliant constituents are going to be busy teaching, learning, sharing and elevating."

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: Actor Jahi Di'Allo Winston arrives to The Blackhouse Foundation's event "A Conversation with the filmmakers and cast from 'Charm City Kings'" during the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020 at The Blackhouse in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation)

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: Actor Jahi Di'Allo Winston from 'Charm City Kings'". (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation)

Charm City Kings is a favorite at The Sundance Film Festival 2020 and premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
The film is represented by Sony Pictures Classic and exclusively hosted by The Blackhouse Foundation at Sundance.   This is Blackhouse's third year having Facebook as the Presenting Sponsor and Strayer University and WarnerMedia as Premier Sponsors, in addition to sponsors OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network,  BET Networks, Color of Change, Paramount, Universal Pictures, and Planned Parenthood.

The Blackhouse Foundation stands out as a bastion for the most influential and impactful Black writers, directors, producers, crew, actors, and actresses throughout film, television, digital media, and beyond.   To encourage full immersion from attendees and supporters, The Blackhouse Festival App 2020 is now live. It includes the most updated information regarding programming and events at The Blackhouse during this years Sundance Film Festival.

About the Author:  Don Howze is an Emmy Award Winning Film/Tape Editor and Associate Professor of Journalism and Television Production.  His Emmy Nominated documentary ' A Star For Marvin Gaye' will premiere this fall on Amazon Prime Video.  Don is a credentialed press member covering The Sundance Film Festival 2020 with a three-part report for ChicagoNow.com: The Art of New Media. imdb.me/dondvideo

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