UWFF 13 Preview: 'The Volunteer' at Soup Kitchen Has Affair w/ Homeless Man (Aunjanue Ellis)

by Vanessa Martinez
September 11, 2013 11:37 AM
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Also premiering at the UrbanWorld Film Festival, which takes place Sept 18-22, is the Aunjanue Ellis-starrer titled The Volunteer

In the drama, helmed by Vicky Wight (her first feature film), Ellis stars as Leigh, an apathetic, guilt-ridden 40-year old woman who starts volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Conflict arises when she begins an "electric" affair with a homeless man, and now Leigh must hide it from her long-time boyfriend and family.

The Volunteer also stars Ebon Moss-BachrachHill HarperMary Beth HurtScott WolfEisa Davis and Noah Gray-Cabey.

See full synopsis below:

After dramatically leaving her successful but soul-crushing career, forty-something Leigh finds herself wondering if there's more to life, to love, to everything. Overwhelmed by apathy and a vague sense of guilt, she decides to volunteer at a local soup kitchen where, for the first time, she sees how the other half lives. While working at the kitchen, she begins an unexpected and electric affair with a homeless man, Ethan. Almost ten years his senior, Leigh attempts to hide from her long-time boyfriend, her family, and her new co-workers the role Ethan plays in her life. After a series of troubling encounters however, she begins to realize Ethan’s charm may be masking a troubled past. 

No trailer as of yet, although we're certainly looking forward to those first clips of the film. 
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  • Peace82 | November 2, 2013 5:44 AMReply

    What's taking so long for this to be released. I've been dying to see it ever since I heard Aunjanue was doing it.

  • Shak | September 11, 2013 11:24 PMReply

    Been a fan of Aunjanue Ellis since Girls Town. She always delivers!

  • Edwina | September 11, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    This description reminds me of a silent film that came out some years ago about a homeless man and his friendship with a professional woman. It was fascinating but I don't remember much about it. Does anyone know this movie?

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