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Drama Unfolds In 8 New Photos Of Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie In Psycho-Thriller 'Vipaka'

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 11, 2013 1:38 PM
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Still no trailer yet, but here are 8 new photos from scenes in the film, courtesy of New Orleans-based photographer Patti Perret (the film was shot in New Orleans).

Recapping... Vipaka is a southern, gothic, psychological thriller that stars Forest WhitakerAnthony MackieSanaa LathanNicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps.

It made its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT last month, and was the opening night movie for the Pan African Film Festival in LA last week.

The film's official synopsis reads:

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter, is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez, who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma - action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.

Mackie plays Thomas, and Whitaker plays Angel. Lathan plays Mackie's wife, who's caught in a love triangle that includes her husband (Mackie) and Mike Epps’ character, who plays his brother.

French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena) directed the film.

We saw it at the PAFF and Slamdance, but really didn't care for it. Read our review HERE if you haven't. No word on distribution prospects yet.

Photos are above and below:

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  • willie dynamite | February 13, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    This film had a great deal of potential and an awesome cast but it fails. The script's structure was not tight. You know you are in trouble when the audience is laughing at things that are supposed to be serious. I'm sure it will get distribution though. It has a strong cast, and distributors know that black folks will watch a bad film with stars over a great film with unknowns any day.

  • Maury Jo | February 11, 2013 10:52 PMReply

    I'm not a fan of movies about torture. I didn't realize there was such a market for them.

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