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Isaiah Washington Joins Yolonda Ross, LisaGay Hamilton In John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 2, 2012 10:16 AM
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Thanks to actress Yolonda Ross for alerting us to this.

I keep saying it, and I'll continue to say it, because, a lot of folks aren't hearing me apparently... I love it when talent (actors, directors, writers etc) take the initiative and keep us informed of any and all projects they are working on. It makes our job a lot easier, and ensures that readers are getting the info immediately and correctly. I don't have to go digging to find out what this actor is up to, or that writer is writing, or that director is shooting. Plus, it's great to get the news directly from the source, intead of a third-party. So, let us know! We all benefit from that I think.

But back to Ms Ross... :)

You'll recall that in May, we alerted you to this new project from indie film maestro John Sayles, titled Go For Sisters, which Yolonda is co-starring in, along with LisaGay Hamilton.

Yolonda confirmed with me yesterday that Isaiah Washington is in the film as well, playing Vernell, her character's ex. 

The details from Sayles' website read:

GO FOR SISTERS, a film written and directed by John Sayles, will shoot this summer in Los Angeles, Calexico, Mexicali and Tijuana. The director’s 18th feature will star Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross and Hector Elizondo. The plot concerns two friends, Bernice and Fontayne, who grow up so close they ‘go for sisters’, but then lose track of each other for twenty years. They are reunited when Bernice is assigned as the parole officer for Fontayne, who is fresh out of prison and fighting heroin addiction. But Bernice has an even more threatening problem. With a budget well under a million dollars and four weeks to shoot, this will be a return to the guerilla style of filmmaking familiar to Sayles from his early 80’s films Return of the Secaucus Seven, Lianna and Brother from Another Planet. Production will begin in mid-July.

I've been a fan of John Sayles since Brother From Another Planet. I haven't loved every film, but I dig his unwavering indie spirit. He came from the same *school* as directors like Martin Scorcese and James Cameron - working early in their careers with Roger Corman.

Sayles penned a few screenplays for Corman in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and it's primarily through screenwriting Sayles has been able to survive - writing scripts (or sometimes rewriting) for higher-budgeted studios pictures, and using the money earned from those gigs to help fund his low-budget directorial efforts - films that often tell stories centered around the *under-represented* and marginalized, from all walks of life.

As I said before, if anything, Go For Sisters (with this cast) should be a well-acted drama (as Sayles films tend to be). And I should say that it'll be nice to see LisaGay Hamilton on screen in a starring role. She also worked with Sayles in 2007's Honeydripper

I'll be watching the progress of this, as Yolonda mentioned that there are other black actors in this who will be revealed in time.

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11 Comments

  • Critical Acclaim | July 2, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to this one. Ive always dug Sayles.

  • RobG | July 2, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    Oh sh*t! LisaGay may need to change her name to LisaStraight or at least LisaAlternativeLifestyle. You don't want Isaiah Washington to go off again.

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 5, 2012 2:50 PM

    NOT EVEN GOING THERE WITH YOU ON HOMOPHOBIA; YOU'RE BEING DELIBERATELY DENSE & I AIN'T HAVING IT. I DO KNOW WHAT WAS BETTER FOR HIS CAREER, SHUTTING UP AND NOT ALLOW THE INCIDENT TO TARNISH HIM IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC & HOLLYWOOD'S EYES. NOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER WORK WITH, HIRE, OR SUPPORT HIM. HE MAY HAVE FOUND PEACE WITH EVERYTHING, WHICH IS GREAT, BUT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. HE WILL NEVER BE AS BIG OR SUCCESSFUL AS HE COULD HAVE BEEN.

  • CareyCarey | July 5, 2012 1:05 PM

    OH BOTHER, Comment Police. I guess you are saying people can do foolish things but not be a full time fool, huh. Okay, let's go with that. I believe it's foolish more to assign the word "Homophopic" to someone who used the word "faggot". You know, it's a slang would used without malice, in many cultures. So, it goes without question that he obviously didn't feel remorseful. It's foolish (imo) to believe an apology was needed, and "we" don't really know if he gave one or not. Also, it's a fool's move to believe we know what's "best for his career". I believe in an interview with S&A, he said he's in the "best place" he has been in his entire life. So who's really dumb and who's a fool? I believe those who speak before they know all the facts are acting foolishly, which is a secondary reaction of being dumb. Besides, come to think of it, please explain (if you can) why you believe a person is expressing a persistent fear of gay people when they use the words "faggots" and "benders" and "bum bandits"?

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 5, 2012 12:32 PM

    YOU CAN BE BOTH INTELLIGENT AND DUMB; HE'S A PRIME EXAMPLE. DUMB FOR HOMPHOBIC REMARKS, DUMB FOR TRYING TO FIGHT ON SET, DUMB FOR REPEATING SAID REMARKS AFTER BEING REPRIMANDED. HE SHOWED NO REMORSE OR HUMILITY INSTEAD OF JUST APOLOGIZING, SHUTTING UP, AND MOVING ON; IE WHAT WAS BEST FOR HIS CAREER. SOOOOO, HE'S DUMB.

  • CareyCarey | July 5, 2012 12:03 PM

    Dude & Gals, Kenneth, COMMENT POLICE and Katie, all of you should pump the brake, do a 360 and/or do the moon walk. ROBG was obviously being facetious. Personally, I appreciated the wittiness of his comment. I mean, how did y'all miss that? Btw, since we're dumb and uninformed, Isaiah Washington is actually one of the most intelligent black actors on the scene. Surely you guys knew that, right? He may have expressed his opinion (that one time) in a manner which didn't appeal to the LGBT community (are you guys & gals a member?), but he is far removed from being "dumb". And who said he was an outcast? Hell, if you've been around and really paying attention, he has been highlighted on this blog for his role in at least 3 films in the past year. So exactly "WHO" pulled the trap door and WHEN? Yeah... that's right, as Aretha Franklin said: THINK! "You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me. Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free. Let's go back, let's go back, let's go way on back when. I didn't even know you, you couldn't have been too much more than ten. You had better stop and think before you think, think!!??

  • Kenneth | July 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    @Katie-- Stop defending dude. He's a decent actor, but he's dumb. It's his own foolish behavior that has caused him to become the outcast he is. All those years in the industry, and he didn't realize that he'd face consequences for what he is reported to have done?

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    THAT'S NOT TROLLING, IT'S COMMENTARY ON U
    ISAIAH'S UNSAVORY PAST BEHAVIOR. THE TROLLS ON THIS SITE DROP N-BOMBS & CALL WOMEN WHORES. THIS IS MORE LIKE THE REFERENCES TO CHRIS BROWN'S ABUSIVE TENDENCIES IN THE THINK LIKE A MAN POSTS.

  • Katie | July 5, 2012 9:49 AM

    @JESS thank you. @ROBG take your trolling somewhere else. I'm happy to see Washington getting acting jobs, he's a fine actor.

  • Jess | July 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    You need to take your unnecessary drama to another site. I'm glad Isaiah Washington is staying committed to his craft and getting involved in new and unique projects.

  • Jeremy | July 2, 2012 12:06 PMReply

    im in on this one too

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