Patrik-Ian Polk’s 5th featured film, Blackbird will finalize the ongoing Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, CA, which is due on February 17, 2014.
Polk’s project boasts a talented teenage singer struggling with religion, sexuality, a troubled home life and other high school woes, in a small Southern Baptist town. A journey that ultimately leads to him learning to accept and love who he is.
Here’s an official synopsis:
Blackbird tells the story of 17-year-old Randy Rousseau, a devout high school choir boy struggling to come of age in the small religiously conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir with facing the everyday trials of life as a high school misfit- a misfit plagued by eerie visions and premonitions. Complicating matters, his little sister has gone missing and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his heartbroken mother, Claire. When Claire discovers a shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance, who has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family, steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to make the difficult transition into manhood.
Newcomer Julian Walker is starring as Randy Rousseau, with Isaiah Washington and Mo’Nique playing the teen’s estranged father and mother. Terrell Tilford, Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane and D. Woods are also included on the project which is based on a novel by Larry Duplechan’s.
Blackbird, is said to make its premier as the Closing Night film at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), screening twice on Sunday, February 16 at 6pm and again at 7pm, with a party after the second show.