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Preview Dramedy 'Homecoming' - 5 College Friends Reunite For Homecoming Weekend

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 13, 2012 1:35 PM
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From writer/director Eugene Ashe, comes Homecoming, a featue film that premiered at this year’s Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, which ended over the weekend.

The synopsis for Homecoming, a Saatchi & Saatchi Nothing’s Impossible producer’s award finalist at the MVAAFF, as well as a nominee for Best Feature Film in HBO’s Competition, reads:

Homecoming tells the intelligent, funny and poignant story of five friends who attended an HBCU together in the 1990s, and reunite for Homecoming weekend at the house that was once their college dorm. News of one member’s recent death forces the friends to reflect on the past; rekindle relationships; reveal secrets; and redefine their lives.

About the filmmaker, in his own words: 

I am a native New Yorker and Harlemite, and was a Sony recording artist in the mid-90’s, as a part of the band “Funky Poets,” we were best known for a song on the “Free Willy” soundtrack. From there, I segued into film and TV by working on the HBO show “Oz.” In 2001, I was in negotiations with Miramax on my first feature film, under a two-picture deal that 40 Acres and a Mule had after the success of “The Best Man;” my film was to be their next production, but all that came to a screeching halt when 9/11 occurred, which caused my career as a filmmaker to go into a state of arrested development until now.

The trailer follows below; stay tuned for news on upcoming screenings in your neck of the woods, as the film travels Stateside:


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  • Xi | August 14, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    Yea the trailer doesn't do much, but I'm excited to see all new faces. I'll support!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 14, 2012 8:13 AMReply

    Yeah, things got tougher for filmmakers post-9/11, as well as post-WGA Writer's Strike (the writers lost more than they gained). I think the reason why the trailer doesn't excite, as Akimbo put it, is because it doesn't tell a story. People think trailers are just dramatic, juicy images spliced together but they -- the good ones, I mean -- actually follow the same structure as the film itself: setup, inciting incident, midpoint context shift, end-of-second act nadir as well as a preview of the third act resolution. Anyway, it reminds me of "The Big Chill," dipped in chocolate. Good luck to Mister Ashe!

  • Miles Ellison | August 14, 2012 5:50 PM

    It reminds me of "The Big Chill," dipped in chocolate.

    Exactly. The white version was barely necessary.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 13, 2012 10:29 PMReply

    Best wishes to the filmmaker but Ill pass. This story has been done and beaten to death too many times for me.

  • Akimbo | August 13, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    Hmmm. Doesn't look abysmal, but the trailer didn't excite me. Doesn't look as dynamic as "Best Man" and I don't mean the cinematography. Just looks like it will be a lot of people sitting around and talking for 90 minutes. Even moreso than Hav Plenty was.

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