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Hip-Hop Drama Doc "Player Hating: A Love Story" Gets Theatrical Release Dates + Trailer

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 1, 2012 at 10:00AM

It's billed as an award-winning documentary, with lots of film festival play, but the trailer doesn't immediately reel me in; although maybe it'll work for you.
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It's billed as an award-winning documentary, with lots of film festival play, but the trailer doesn't immediately reel me in; although maybe it'll work for you.

Directed by Maggie Hadleigh-West, and titled Player Hating: A Love Story, here's the short story:

Thirty minutes from downtown Manhattan lies a forgotten community—Crown Heights, Brooklyn ---where death and destruction are as constant as breathing. Half-a-Mill is a 26 year old hip hop artist from the Albany Housing Projects in Crown Heights. Building 193. Raised by his grandparents, Half grew up, Jason Wardlaw, in a two-bedroom apartment with eight to ten other relatives. By the time he was seven, Half was sharing a gun with his brother, ‘cause he was sick of people putting their guns in his face in the elevator of his building, and not being able to do anything about it. Half ’s been running with the same ten guys since he was real little, and they’re his crew, the Godfia Criminals. But he’s the one with real musical talent. He’s the one that will take all of them out of the projects. And that is the heart of this story. How do these young thugs, who have grown up surrounded by violence, watching their friends and family members die, escape this life? Half ’s been signed by the independent label, Warlock Records, and he and his crew are doing most of the work, but that’s ok because it’s still a chance to blow up. And Half wants that so bad he can taste it, but until it happens, he’ll deal drugs, sell guns, bootleg his own tapes---do what he has to do, in order to support himself, his family and his music.

The film promises to dig deeply and intimately into the lives of Half-a-Mill and his crew, taking the viewer into an *underground* world rarely seen or experienced.

The film does have distribution, and will open in New York City on April 6, 2012 at Quad Theater, on West 13th Street.

Watch the trailer for the film below:


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