As Julius Onah moves on the bigger and better things (last year, Onah was been tapped by Paramount and J.J. Abrams, to direct the sci-fi thriller God Particle; and this year was signed by another major in Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures, to direct an adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel Brilliance), his feature film directorial debut, the under-seen and still unreleased the indie crime caper The Girl Is In Trouble will screen this weekend at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival in New York.
Columbus Short stars in the film which was executive produced by Spike Lee.
Short plays a bartender who unravels a mystery that connects a desperate young woman (played by Alicja Bachleda) to a missing drug dealer, and the scion of New York's most powerful stockbroker.
The 2009 Tribeca All-Access project is described as follows:
The Girl is in Trouble fuses the kinetic energy of the French New Wave with a modern sensibility to create a thoughtful portrait of the underbelly of New York City's Lower East Side.
Onah, an NYU Tisch School grad, called it "a passionate and personal valentine to the ever-evolving neighborhood he calls home."
Wilmer Valderrama and Jesse Spencer co-star in the project.
Onah's short film The Boundary, which stars Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) was designated by Amnesty International as one of its "Movies That Matter;" it screened world wide, and eventually aired on HBO.
It screens tomorrow night, starting at 9:45pm at BAM Rose Cinemas, as part of BAMcinématek series New Voices in Black Cinema. Following the screening I'll be moderating a Q&A with the film's producer Ryan Silbert, so maybe I'll see you there.
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