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Isaiah Washington, Mo’Nique, Orlando Jones, Danielle Watts Board Choice Skinner's 'We Are Family'

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 13, 2014 7:30 PM
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Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington

After collaborating on Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird, Isaiah Washington and Mo’Nique will pair up again, to star in another indie drama by another black filmmaker, Choice Skinner, titled We Are Family.


You have to appreciate Washington's motivations over the last couple of years or so, attaching himself to smaller, what would be deemed *riskier* independent movies, written and directed by black filmmakers (mostly) who, otherwise, may not have access to an actor of his abilities and name recognition - from Russ Parr to Tony Abulu, to Matthew Cherry, Patrik-Ian Polk, and now Choice Skinner. 

Of course, I can't leave out his quietly-unnerving performance in Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice.

Choice Skinner
Choice Skinner

And he's apparently bringing Mo'Nique along for the ride, as the pair embark on a new journey together, in Skinner's second feature directorial effort. 

In We Are Family, five siblings reunite for the funeral of their father and arrest of a brother, facing a murder charge. The film shifts between the past (their childhood) and the present (25 years later) to tell its tale of these now estranged adult siblings.

Washington will play the alcoholic father. 

And, by the way, Orlando Jones and Daniele Watts also co-star.

A spring shoot in Michigan is eyed, with  Washington’s Coalhouse Productions, Skinner's Darkan Entertainment, Driveby Entertainment and Hicks Media Productions all producing.

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  • Donella | February 17, 2014 2:04 PMReply

    I'm glad Isaiah and Monique found each other in the same project again. Or maybe Choice found them.

  • CareyCarey | February 14, 2014 6:13 AMReply

    My man Choice, congratulations! That's quite a catch of A-Line actors, you've hit the jackpot. Look man, you'll have to hit me when things jump off. I'll have to come up to meet the stars, and maybe, if you'll allow, I can be your errand boy (we can call it personal assistant) for a week or so?

    Check this, I haven't seen Blue Caprice but without a doubt everybody knows Isaiah has huge talent. re: Mo'Nique, just tonight I watched Precious for the third time. Listen, Mo'Nique deserved that Oscar. Folks can say what they please about Lee Daniels and the film, but her performance (imo) is arguably in the top 3 all time greatest black female performances in the history of cinema.

    Yes sir, "We Are Family" is on it's way to something special. Hey, I already can say "I know that dude Choice Skinner, me and him go waaay back. :-)Yep, you gotta keep me plugged.

  • Amin | February 14, 2014 4:22 AMReply

    Looking forward to the work of filmmaker Choice Skinner.

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