EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures is promoting worldwide on The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, the Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary manufacturing we first advised you about, which follows the 2011 deadly taking pictures of a 68-year-old White Plains, NY Black man by police after he unintentionally triggered his LifeAid medical alert. Voltage will start talks on the title with consumers instantly.
The movie, written and directed by David Midell, rose to Freeman and McCreary’s consideration after racking up a bevy of awards, beginning with its 2019 debut on the Austin Film Festival the place it received each the Jury Award and Audience Award. It additionally received the highest narrative function prize on the twenty fourth annual Urbanworld Film Festival, a competition which celebrates inclusive, numerous filmmaking and attracted expertise together with thirteenth director Ava Duvernay, Lena Waithe in addition to political figures Stacy Abrams and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain tells the true story of the ultimate hours of the lifetime of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., performed right here by Silence of the Lambs and Do the Right Thing actor Frankie Faison, an aged African American veteran with bipolar dysfunction, who was killed throughout a battle with cops who have been despatched to his house to test on him, when his medical alert gadget was mistakenly activated. Despite Kenneth informing the officers there was a mistake and he didn’t have an emergency, they have been recorded taunting Kenneth, ridiculing his navy service, howling racial epithets at him, and at last, the officers broke his door down and shot him to demise. Pic is produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment. Executive producers additionally embrace Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino, and Milan Chakraborty. Freeman, McCreary and Gary Lucchesi are EPs by way of Revelations Entertainment.
“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is a visceral, confronting and needed portrayal of the tragic demise of an harmless man, as advised by the fiercely proficient David Midell,” mentioned Voltage President and COO Jonathan Deckter. “With the eyes of the world on the Black Lives Matter motion, we’re past honored to have been chosen to characterize this particular, pertinent movie, and stay up for sharing it with our companions.”
“We are assured, that working with Voltage, this really vital movie will get the huge viewers this material deserves. Once viewers see The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, the reply to the query of the upcoming want for police reform is apparent,” mentioned Freeman and McCreary.
“We felt it was vital that the movie asks essential questions on regulation enforcement’s therapy of individuals of coloration and folks with psychological well being challenges: we’re excited to have Voltage on board to amplify that message.” mentioned Natale.
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain joins Voltage’s gross sales slate together with the political biopic Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid, the action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson releasing Jan 15 stateside, the upcoming third and fourth installments of the After franchise and the horror-thriller The Seventh Day starring Guy Pearce.