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Help 'Newlyweeds' Get Ready For Its Sundance Film Festival Debut

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 3, 2013 5:40 PM
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Shaka King's feature film debut, Newlyweeds, will make its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival this month.

Now, some may think that just because the film got into Sundance (the premiere film festival in these United States), the work is all done; it's smooth sailing from here; Shaka's film will debut, make a splash, get picked up for distribution, open on 3000 screens later in the year, win lots of acclaim, do well at the box office, and Shaka will sign a 3-picture deal with Sony Pictures worth millions.


The film has to first get through the circus that is Sundance; and to do that, and do it well, money will have to be spent! And that's were YOU come in.

Shaka has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 which will go towards getting the film ready for its premiere at Sundance in about 2 weeks.

The money will be used for the following: - Color correction; Sound design; and soundtrack.

So, if you can contribute to Shaka's cause, please do so. At the time of this post, $2,875 has been raised, with about 2 weeks left to go.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the film's Kickstarter page, and give whatever you can.

As a recap... a strong cast leads Newlyweeds, described by the filmmaker as a gritty, stoner romantic dramedy that stars Amari Cheatom and newcomer Trae Harris, in addition to Isiah Whitlock, Colman Domingo, Tonya Pinkins, Diane Neal, Adrian Martinez and Hassan Johnson.

Its synopsis reads:

Spray painted on the side of Lyle's van is a gargantuan, ejaculating, penis. This is what his community thinks of him. He is a repo man. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer who lives with her overbearing mother. When mom smells reefer on Nina's towel she gives her the boot, right into Lyle's apartment. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry when Nina starts to suspect that Lyle needs weeds more than he needs her.

The movie is produced by Jim Wareck, Michael Matthews, Shaka King and Gbenga Akinnagbe (making his producing debut).

Watch Shaka and company in the humorous Kickstarter campaign pitch below, and CLICK HERE to make your contribution:

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  • Micah | January 4, 2013 1:47 PMReply

    Best of luck guys! Hopefully I'll get to see it at Sundance.

  • NinaG | January 4, 2013 12:57 PMReply

    Hilarious! I wanna see this!

  • No | January 3, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    A good enough film will speak for itself at Sundance. We don't need to give them any money. And if it isn't good enough, it doesn't deserve distribution and we won't ever have to see it. No problem.

  • Aaron | January 4, 2013 12:30 PM

    There will always be people who use excuses to be haters and continue with the crab in the barrel syndrome.

  • monkeysuit | January 4, 2013 12:04 AM

    Uh.. what? They're getting it ready for Sundance. They need help finishing it so it can screen. So what are you talking about exactly?

  • GoodLuck | January 3, 2013 6:01 PMReply

    Doesn't speak to me but maybe the actual film is better and the official release trailer may
    put that across...anyway they deserve credit for getting off their butts and making a movie their

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