5 - And finally, Rashaad Ernesto Green's critically-acclaimed feature film debut Gun Hill Road - a contemplative, compelling drama with all-around wonderful performances, and an auspicious debut for Rashaad.
In Gun Hill Road, an ex-con (played by Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife (Judy Reyes) estranged, and his teenage son (Harmony Santana) exploring a sexual transformation that challenges his notions of manhood and threatens what are already fragile familial bonds.
Isiah Whitlock also features.
Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment produced the film; he also produced Night Catches Us, which is #4 on this list, as well as Andrew Dosunmu's upcoming Mother Of George, which I mentioned earlier.
It’s a simple yet deeply affecting story.
Here's the trailer: