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First Trailer For Dramedy 'Milkshake' (Al Jolson Descendant Strives To Be Black) + Release Date

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 29, 2013 at 10:08AM

Phase 4 Films acquired all North American rights to Milkshake, after its premiere in the NEXT <=> program of the Sundance Film Festival this year.
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Phase 4 Films acquired all North American rights to Milkshake, after its premiere in the NEXT <=> program of the Sundance Film Festival this year.

David Andalman's Milkshake stars Tyler RossShareeka EppsGeorgia Ford, Eshan BayLeo Fitzpatrick, and Danny Burstein.

Its synopsis, which is sure to raise a few antennae, reads:

In mid-1990s America, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban Washington as he strives to become something he can never be – black.

So he's the great-great-grandson of a legendary entertainer who frequently performed in blackface makeup, sung black music, like jazz and blues (although he also promoted equality for black performers), who also wants to be black himself.

We've certainly had our share of white-boy-wants-to-be-or-acts-black films over the years, and, from Zeba's review of it (HERE), this one doesn't seem to do all that much to separate itself from the pack.

As the saying goes... everything but the burden.

Phase 4 will release the film in theaters on September 6 and on VOD across all cable, and digital platforms.

The film's first trailer has surfaced:

This article is related to: Shareeka Epps


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