The official word: New movies open every week in Hollywood, where often the big studios decide to pull out all the stops and throw an old-fashioned, full-blown Hollywood premiere (sometimes called "special screenings"). Movie stars arrive in stretch limousines in front of the theatre, to the applause of an adoring crowd. TV reporters interview stars, while photographers shoot photos of the celebrities on the red carpet, before they go inside. Most of these special movie premieres take place along Hollywood Boulevard or in Westwood Village, but you can be present for the next big event which takes place right here in Akron, Ohio. Read on, and I'll tell you how.
Banks of Jordan Entertainment & UMR Productions will present their BOYS PULL YOUR PANTS UP movie premier written and directed by Jewelene Banks. Banks has taken her novel and stage play to a whole new level as she reaches a wider audience and heads for television and movie theaters. The message is powerful as it brings to life the unforgettable story of Clyde (Kelvin Lawrence) Clara (Karen Stallings) and their supporting Aunt Maggie's (Harlonda Banks) struggle to save their son Carlos (Rodelle Bolar) and other children from sagging pants, acts of sex, drugs, violence, and gritty hustles. It's only when Carlos flees from the clutches of his disgruntled father and bumps into his thug-life friends Papa Bear (Randy Clark) and Chicken Bone (Luddie Carmichael) that his life takes a turn for the worst. Winner of numerous awards, “Boys Pull Your Pants Up” is an educational, intense and brilliant portrayal of one family's struggle for redemption, inspiration and atonement.
“Filming Boys Pull Your Pants Up on the streets of Akron, Ohio was a unique and memorable opportunity for its cast and crew. Through their experience, the movie’s audience got a glimpse of vital African American culture that was unfamiliar to most and a view of a city that is full of promise,” says Banks.
Ohio’s own “Blaque Ahys” (Skipp Young, Muhammad Rashid and Mark Tyree) created 2 songs for the movie which includes the title track ”Boy’s Pull Your Pants Up” featuring Deocco Alexander (rap), Courtney Trice (vocals) and Dave Tudor (bass) and “Can I Kick It” Deocco Alexander (rap) and Courtney Trice (vocals).
The premier will be hosted by Robert L. Hunt and Ginger Baylor, on Saturday, April 9th at Tadmor Shrine Hall 3000 Krebs Drive Akron, Ohio 44319. The program begins promptly at 5 o’clock in the evening. The premier follows and formal attire is required.
Advance ticket purchases only as seating is limited. Cost is $20.00 per person. Special Guest: Spirit “N” Truth Gospel Singers of Cleveland Ohio.
Tickets are available at 2live Music 1286 Vernon Odom Blvd Akron, OH 44307. Hors D’oeuves * Beverages * Entertainment * D.J. Shareefah Rahid.