On Friday night, Angeleno's attended the opening of the new film "Dirty Laundry" at the Mann Beverly 13 inside of the Beverly Center.
We laughed and we laughed some more and had a really good time.
From the cast Teri J. Vaugn, Aaron Grady Shaw, and creator Maurice Jamal were in attendance. Both Loretta Devine and Rockmond Dunbar were stuck on set filming in L.A. and unable to make it to the 7:10 p.m. screening but sent their love and appreciation.
And in true typical L.A. fashion, we showed up. Notables in attendance tonight include one of my favorite singers N'Dambi (check the Jukebox ya'll), filmmaker Patrik Polk, actor Rodney Chester ("Noah's Arc"), BET College Hill's Ray Cunnigham, famed photographer Duane Cramer, and more!
Watching the film again tonight just reminded how important film is and how it can be used as a catalyst to break open conversations that we wouldn't otherwise be willing to have. "Dirty Laundry" is an excellent example of one of those films. It's a film that you can take your momma, momma's momma, and friends to see and know that they will enjoy it and have much to talk about at the end.
Tens across the board for the entire cast for a stellar performance, especially Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, and Aaron Grady Shaw.
Dirty Laundry follows the life of an African-American gay magazine writer with a near perfect life after turning his back on his southern roots by escaping to New York City--until an 11-year-old boy changes everything for him and his partner.
A new comedy with a stellar Black cast, Dirty Laundry stars Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Joey Costello, with a cameo appearance from Bobby Jones. It was produced in part by my good friend Keith Boykin and his partner Nathan Williams.
If you're in L.A. you can see "Dirty Laundry" and meet the cast and creator this weekend. They'll be in attendance at the Saturday and Sunday screenings at the Mann Beverly 13 at the Beverly Center. Everyone else, the film opens on the 28th.
Shout outs to my crew for showing up and showing out. Much love and we'll do it again soon. And a special thank you to AJ Crowley and A. Lavon Wilson for driving in all the way from San Diego to support the film.
Now everyone who saw "Dirty Laundry," tell your friends and family about it---if need be, bring them up to the theater this weekend to see it. It will make all the difference and ensure that the film gets a decent engagement and possible opens in more than one theater.
Check back Monday for more on the significance of "Dirty Laundry," Black film, and how and where we show our stories.