By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 16, 2013 at 4:17PM
An adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, Four stars Wendell Pierce of The Wire fame, alongside Aja Naomi King, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Yolanda Ross, in tale about of a married black man who steps out on his family, on the night of the Fourth of July, with a much younger white man whom he met online, and the way his family quietly deals with his duplicitous life.
Four will be released, beginning September 13, at the following AMC locations:
- Atlanta – AMC Phipps Plaza 14
- Atlanta – AMC Southlake 24
- Baltimore – AMC Owings Mills 17
- Chicago – AMC River East 21
- Dallas – AMC Mesquite 30
- Houston – AMC Studio 30
- L.A. – AMC Marina Pacifica 12
- L.A. – AMC Ontario Mills 30
- NYC – AMC Loews 19th St. East 6
- Philadelphia – AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
The film's script was both a 2007 Tribeca All Access award recipient, and a 2008 No Borders Independent Film Week selection, with a longer synopsis that reads:
In a nameless, suburban American town, the smell of barbeque fills the air as Fourth of July celebrations move from a hot summer day into night. Joe, a man who works hard and travels a lot, leaves his family behind for the holiday, citing a business trip. Abigayle, his precocious daughter, is left to tend to her ill mother and manage the house on her own, yet again. Seeking just enough attention to get her through another night of her lonely responsibilities, she turns to Dexter, a former high school basketball star whose best days are behind him. And while Abigayle is out with Dexter, Joe is quietly spending time around town with June, a young man he met online who’s struggling to accept himself. And for just this night, the small world that these four live in will become even smaller, though the freedom they experience has never been so dangerous, fleeting and honest.
Wendell Pierce stars as Joe; Aja Naomi King is his daughter Abigayle; Emory Cohen is June, the teenage white boy; E.J. Bonilla plays Dexter; and Yolonda Ross plays Wendell's wife.
It made its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it picked up the award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition. And Pierce was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The film was produced by Christine Giorgio and Pierce, with Allen Frame and Neil LaBute executive producing.
"We are always exploring new distribution platforms to help independent filmmakers tell their stories through our AMC Independent program," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president, specialty and alternative content, AMC. "We are so proud to be a part of FOUR's success and know this important story will appeal to many of our guests."
Of working with AMC, 306 Releasing President, Beanie Barnes, stated, "In a time where exhibition avenues with real profit potential have become increasingly scarce for independent film, AMC's confidence and support has provided an amazing opportunity to help FOUR reach its potential. It's an honor to call AMC 'a partner."
VOD and DVD distribution of the film will be handled by Wolfe Releasing.
306 Releasing cut a new release trailer for the film which is embedded below: