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Watch Exciting First Full Trailer For Ensemble Cast Black Cowboy Western 'They Die By Dawn'

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 7, 2012 12:14 PM
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It's been a little while since we last said anything about this; it's titled They Die By Dawn, a western featuring black cowboys, conceived and directed by Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts (a collaborative group of artists - both music and film - headed by Samuel).

The all-star cast includes some fan favorites: Jesse Williams, Michael K. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine, Clifton PowellRosario Dawson, Giancarlo Esposito, Erykah Badu, and others.

But it's not a feature film unfortunately; it's a short; however, I wouldn't count out the potential for a feature adaptation, especially if response to the short is strong. And based on the below trailer, I'm definitely anxious to check this out in full.

The 30-minute film is reportedly based on a series of real-life stories.

Here's the synop:

Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma. The last man takes the collective bounty. Violence and mayhem ensue.

Last we wrote about it, in May, the film was shooting in Melody Ranch, Los Angeles, and Rosario Dawson tweeted the pictures above and below of some of the cast members in costume, on set.

Now the film's first trailer has surfaced, and courtesy of our friends at Twitch, it's embedded immediately below:

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  • CheriLynn | August 12, 2013 11:10 AMReply

    I love u Jesse Williams. The Whole staff. All beautiful Black Men. I am proud

  • Africameleon | November 13, 2012 3:33 PMReply

    All sorts of gorgeous blackness on the screen!!! Yes, people.

  • ALM | November 10, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    Yes! Something unique and interesting, with solid actors. I hope this sees a wide release (of at least 1,000 screens) across the U.S.

  • JoeThe Director | November 9, 2012 11:00 AMReply

    Niice. We need movies like this. Diversity is a good thing.

  • Troy | November 8, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    Erykah Badu brought that hat to set with her cause that's the type of shit she wears.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | November 8, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    I really liked the way this was filmed and the production quality. That's why I don't like photo stills because based on the photos it looked really low budget but the trailer turned out nice. I saw Erica with that bad weave and hat and my stomach got queasy. But Ill definitely be checking this out. It's great to see African Americans doing something different. Congrats to them.

  • Stacie | November 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    Ha, I was wondering the same thing about the hair. What period is this set in? Did they have weaves back then? lol. If anything, those women were pressing their hair with a big metal hot comb back then otherwise they were braiding it.

  • Troy | November 8, 2012 8:27 PM

    That is how she showed up to filming.

  • Klondyke Pit | November 8, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Isn't Idris Elba in this?

  • Curtiss Cook | November 8, 2012 10:36 AMReply

    Congrats folks... very proud of the collaboration effort, ROOTING for you all ... Lets do more, hope it does well for YOU and all of us ...

  • Blackman | November 8, 2012 1:33 AMReply

    Rap and Hip Hop Music gives it and everything else, ITS EDGE.

    Darkan even Obama had Jay Z on the stage with him 2 day ago. Guess what he did.



  • Darkan | November 7, 2012 8:51 PMReply

    Then, cue the rap music. Ruins it every time. SMH.

  • B | November 7, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    Isaiah Washington and Giancarlo Esposito are better than this. They are better than this film. But who know, maybe it'll be interesting.

  • Troy | November 8, 2012 8:24 PM

    Isaiah Washington has taken over for Wesley Snipes making B movies.

  • Dankwa Brooks | November 7, 2012 1:45 PMReply

    A short sounds like a good move! Too many films, especially filled with known actors, try to "pad it out" with filler to make it a feature do they can sell it as a feature fillm for a couple if bucks at Walmart. Hopefully it's short on filler and tight on story.

  • Black Hollywood | November 7, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    Finally...Looks Awesome !

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 7, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    It's the Posse! Shoot 'em up, shoot 'em up!!!

  • Donella | November 7, 2012 12:15 PMReply

    So many of my favorites in the cast. Oh yeah! I like this!

  • Donella | November 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    Now I can hear it! Likey!

  • Donella | November 7, 2012 12:23 PM

    Had trouble with the sound though??? May need new earbuds.

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