Joe Doughrity's Independently Released Dramedy "CornerStore" (Starring Roger Guenveur Smith) Opens In Atlanta 1/13

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 5, 2012 10:21 AM
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Atlanta readers, add this to your January list of films to see... it opens next week Friday January 13, 2012 at the AMC Southlake 24, 7065 Mount Zion Circle, Morrow GA 30260.

Visit amctheatres.com/Southlake/ or calll the theater at 1-888-AMC 4FUN for ticket and time info.

The rest of the story, including a trailer for the film, directed by Joe Doughrity, follows below:

“CornerStore”, a critically acclaimed and award-winning comedy film, will begin a limited theatrical run in Atlanta on January 13.

The film features Roger Guenveur Smith, TV’s Judge Greg Mathis, rapper Trick Trick, R&B star Dwele and a cameo guest appearance by boxing champion Tommy Hearns.

A hit at independent film festivals and a surprise box office performer, “CornerStore” was the # 2 film in the country in late August 2011 and had the distinction of being the #1 comedy film in the country on a per screen average. A remarkable achievement for an independent film in a crowded summer marketplace, this Atlanta-bound movie is a crown jewel of entrepreneurial vision in urban films.

“CornerStore” is a lighthearted, down-to-earth comedy, chronicling one eventful day at a convenience store on Detroit’s Six Mile Road. Owned by the Earl Jenkins, the store serves as center stage for an extraordinary day-in-the-life perspective of his son Gerard’s birthday. After his sister Gail, a playful and popular twenty-something leaves aspiring chef Gerard unexpectedly manning the store, the neighborhood dynamics bring the story to life with verve at every plot turn. Narrated by young Mykell, this film will appeal to a wide age range of movie goers with its genuine, punchy and innovative American story of community. The eccentric customers, however, are the real stars of this PG-13 (pending) rated comedy --- including three winos that hang outside the store and serve as the film’s Greek chorus.

Words from director Doughrity: “I’m excited to have this opportunity to have my work shown on the big screen in the ATL... At its heart, CornerStore is a story of forgiveness and a community banding together. I think that’s central to its appeal… The film is uniquely relevant to the underserved urban audience, the audience for CornerStore is truly anyone who appreciates the humor in our communal human experience. We hope that folks in Atlanta looking for a fun night out or a memorable family excursion for MLK Day, will come and enjoy the film.

So there ya have it ATL!

I haven't seen the film yet, but I'm getting a Clerks meets Friday kind of vibe to it.

Watch the trailer below:

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2 Comments

  • Kia | January 6, 2012 5:19 AMReply

    Mr. Patillo! I wondered what happened to you. I was a fan of your videos in the 90's. From 2nd II None, Candyman, the Geto Boys and of course Dr. Dre!

    Great article about the making of "Nuthin' But A G-Thing"
    http://www.egotripland.com/behind-the-video-making-dr-dre-nuthin-but-g-thang-dwight-patillo/

  • Dwight Patillo | January 5, 2012 5:22 PMReply

    Thank You Shadow and Act!!!! for the excellent write-up!!! We look forward to bringing CornerStore to Atlanta!!! Something positive for urban communities nation-wide!
    Dwight Patillo (President)
    Shotown Pictures

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