Friday, August 27, 2021

A New Life Premiers at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles

 On Thursday August 28th the independent film directed by the famous Los Angeles acting coach Choice Skinner premiered at the Landmark Theater in Westwood. This long anticipated film has a special message for people after a year of change and uncertainty according to director and creator Skinner. The premier was a celebratory event where cast and crew from all around the country reunited to see the film finally come together. Red carpet attendees included the cast of the film: Daffany McGaray, Clark Chris Rouse, Kailah Ami, Danny Royce, Daniel Joo, Joan Moten, Ambyr McWilliams, Josh Butler, Kyndra Mack, Janessa A. Morgan, Jessica Cymone. Additional Celebrities who came out to support the event were: Torrei Hart, McKinley Freeman , Geno Brooks, Thai Edwards, Michael Cory Davis, Stephanie Charles, Dylan Flashner, Mezou, Erica Dasher, Hiram Murray, Mike Strong, Reid Ewing, Freckles (Jason Greene), Bree Winslow, Marcus Dupree , David Hillenbran, Antonio Ramsey, and Derek Dominique. 

I spoke to several cast members about what they were most looking forward to as well as their red carpet looks.  

Actress Sophia Perez who played Amy Johnston in the film told me about her look by Auntie Funky's closet. She said, "Her name is Michelle she's a designer here out of LA and she's amazing. She can make an outfit out of anything!"

Actress Kyndra Mack who played Brenda in the film explained her custom look telling me, "I am wearing LaVogue it's by one of my childhood friends and she actually designed it and wanted me to wear it on the red carpet."

I spoke to Director and Creator Choice Skinner about the story of this film as well as what went into creating it during such a challenging year. His story of persevering to finish this film is incredibly powerful and such an inspiration for anyone who has felt like their Hollywood career was put on hold due to Covid. After writing the film and directing it through multiple setbacks during over a year of filming he edited the film himself and was finally able to see it all come together at the premier. 

I also spoke to the producer of the film who showed up for the red carpet in a custom tailored suit and hat giving serious Boss vibes. She also had a great message to share about working on this film and what made this project so unique. She told me, "Having a majority African-American cast that was a strong cast, that's what I think makes it superbly unique" 

Finally we all headed inside to watch the movie for the first time on the big screen. There was a Q and A with the audience and then the film began. This film was truly an all hands on deck project and most cast and crew contributed multiple talents during the filming and post production of the movie. It truly came out looking professional and had an amazing soundtrack as well. The story was captivating and had twists and turns that made me want to watch all the way through to the end. I would highly recommend checking this movie out if you get the chance. There were some great funny moments, as well as some heavy moments that felt incredibly relatable.

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