NEW YORK, NY (August 11, 2017) — Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, Dope Vision in conjunction with KLPR Group held a private screening of the award-winning film, “Dope Fiend,” at Tilly’s in Brooklyn. The screening was followed by a Q and A from the cast and crew. The event was attended by press and media including legendary photographer Johnny Nunez of Getty Images. “Dope Fiend” was written and directed by Ron Elliot. and Executive Produced by Shawn Lindsey and Producer Janelle Abraham. The film starred Malik Yoba (“Empire”), Tobias Truvillion (“Empire”), Andra Fuller (“Black Jesus”), Hisham Tawfiq (“The Blacklist”), Dutchess Lattimore ( Black Ink), Ephraim Benton (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) Sakina Deer and in his on-screen debut, 50 Cent’s son Marquise Jackson.
The complex plot goes as follows, as shared by the producers: “In a twisted tale of gentrification, Profit, a Brooklyn drug dealer, finds his family in the middle of an intricate plot for gentrification against evil landlords fueling a war. They use covert tactics that only benefits them in the removal of everyone from the neighborhood. An illiterate child of dope fiend parents, Profit is driven by the love for his grandma who raised him – he will do what it takes to fund a better life for her and his family. Profit’s savvy and introspective philosophy is a stark contrast to the ruthless, violent ways of his rival and Latin kingpin, Santiago, igniting a perpetual war. When Profit’s associate Oscar is killed, Oscar’s alluring Rastafina girlfriend, Isis, is forced to seek revenge in order to survive, culminating in a real life crime drama of Shakespearian proportions. Based on true events.”
“’Dope Fiend’ tells an important story that shouldn’t be forgotten, being based on true events,” commented a spokesperson from the film. “The gentrification of Brooklyn wasn’t something as smooth and clean as many people would like to think or suggest, and the line between hero and villain in NYC is often a very surprising one. Dope Fiend delivers the brutal truth in these areas, while never losing track of the people caught up in the conspiracy and chaos, their friendships, betrayals and very real love. We’re looking forward to the film’s release. We think it’s going to provoke some real thought and discussion, in addition to being very exciting and entertaining.”
WINNER OF THE BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE NEWARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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DOPE FIEND opens nationwide on Tuesday, August 29th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1UhDKEFJuo