David Oyelowo And Mahershala Ali Reconnect At DON’T LET GO’s Q & A
Last Tuesday, ICON MANN, a media, consulting, and heritage development enterprise, committed to positively transforming the dialogue and imaging of black males celebrated, David Oyelowo by hosting a screening of his new thriller DON’T LET GO at the Creative Arts Agency (CAA) headquarters in Los Angeles. Academy-Award winning Black actor, Mahershala Ali, WHEN THEY SEE US star, Isis King, Tameka Raymond, Erica Pitman and more came out to support the film’s star and producer David Oyelowo, and writer Jacob Estes.
Tamara Houston, Founder and CEO of ICON MANN, served as the host for the evening and Associate Director, Membership Relations and Outreach, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Shawn Finnie moderated a post-screening Q & A with David Oyelowo and Jacob Estes.
During the panel, David discussed why representation matters in Hollywood stating, “One of the things I’m absolutely dedicated to is getting to see people of color in front of, behind the camera, and telling stories that are universal, expansive and are not necessarily tied to race. Because I truly believe in this medium as powerful for cultural change. I think what breaks down prejudice is coming away from fear. That has to do with feeling like you know people who are different than you. I always look for opportunities to do that with a film. And I’m always looking to provide opportunities for my twelve-year-old self.” We see you BLACK MAN!
David Oyelowo & Storm Reid Talk “DON’T LET GO”
David Oyelowo and Storm Reid recently brought their excellence in acting to the National Association of Black Journalists Conference. As previously reported the
“DON’T LET GO” actors met with journalists and Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier to talk their time-traveling Blumhouse thriller.
In the film, Oyelowo plays South Central detective Jack Radcliff who’s hellbent on saving his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Storm Reid.) When he shockingly receives a phone call from his deceased relative, he springs into action and battles time to prevent the young girl’s death from happening. “”DON’T LET GO” is heart-pounding and bizarre—and since it’s produced by Blumhouse we’re anticipating a BIG plot twist.
David told NABJ attendees that the idea of being able to save lost family members attracted him to the film for a deeply personal reason.
“There being a chance that I could actually save them is what really drew me to it,” said Oyelowo. “I’m sure there are people in this room who’ve lost people they love. I personally lost my mom two years ago.”
As for Storm who also spoke on playing Gia, sister to Rue (Zendaya) on “Euphoria”, she likes to play characters who have real-life personal battles and whose underlying messages “match with her morals and values.” With that in mind, “DON’T LET GO’s” Ashley was a perfect choice.
“I don’t go out looking for these characters who are challenged and who have these circumstances,” said Storm. “But I feel like that’s what makes a real person a real person and that’s how we really show our narratives.”
The duo also touched on the need for inclusivity in Hollywood. According to David who also served as a producer on this project, there’s no need for things to be “blackified” but there is a need for our people to be seen on the big screen in diverse stories like this thriller.
“As for black people we are not asking for everything to be quote, unquote “blackified” whatever that may mean—but there are specifics about us and our culture and our family and our attitudes and the way we see the world and our history. And that history is valid to be seen by all in its specificity but also in the breadth of its humanity.”
“For me, it was [saying] ‘Okay, let’s set this somewhere that feels more specific,” he added. “So we decided that it was going to be in Los Angeles. We decided on a place that’s so often seen in a certain kind of way [South Central Los Angeles], so let’s go to that place and redefine the story that you might see.”
If you’re in Atlanta between August 21st-25 for the BronzeLens Film Festival, there will be a special, opening-night screening of the new film on August 21st at Landmark Cinema (931 Monroe Drive).
For everyone else, DON’T LET GO is in theaters Friday, August 30th.
DON’T LET GO stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Storm Reid (Euphoria) sat down with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Fraizer for a special clips and conversation to discuss the supernatural thriller at the 2019 NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair in Miami.
In DON’T LET GO, detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen. The film also stars Brian Tyree Henry and Mykelti Williamson.
The BronzeLens Film Festival, which is being held August 21st – 25th in Atlanta, GA, will kick off its 10th annual festivities with a special, opening-night screening of the new film on August 21st at Landmark Cinema (931 Monroe Drive).
DON’T LET GO is in theaters Friday, August 30th.
Storm Reid Stars In New Blumhouse Thriller
Storm Reid launched a stellar career in ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s currently part of the stellar ensemble casts of “Euphoria” and “When They See Us” and has an upcoming starring role alongside David Oyelowo in ‘Don’t Let Go’ which premiered earlier this year at Sundance.
In Don’t Let Go, detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.
Check out the trailer below:
This movie looks sooooo good. It lands in theaters August 30th.
Distributor: Blumhouse Tilt, Universal’s OTL Releasing and Briarcliff Entertainment
Starring: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, April Grace and Alfred Molina
Directed and Written By: Jacob Estes
Screenplay By: Jacob Estes
Story By: Jacob Estes and Drew Daywalt
Producers:Jason Blum, Bobby Cohen and David Oyelowo
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