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Watch "Learning Uncle Vernon" - The Short Film That Common's "L.U.V." Drama Feature Is Based On

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 4, 2011 1:53 AM
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I just happened across this short film by director Sheldon Candis - a name we've mentioned at least twice on this site in the last 2 weeks, thanks to the fact that he's currently in production on his feature film debut titled L.U.V. (an acronym that stands for Learning Uncle Vincent), which centers on a day in the life of William “Woody” Watson (played by newcomer Michael Rainey Jr), a shy and timid 13-year old in search of a family and a better life, who looks to his Uncle Vincent, an ex-con, played by Common, hoping to find the father figure he’s never had, and has always wanted.

The film takes place over the course of 1 single day.

Joining Common (who is also acting as one of the producers on the project) is an all-star cast of mostly seasoned actors in Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover , Charles S. Dutton, Lonette McKee, Megan Good, Michael K. Williams, Russell Hornsby, and Tracey Heggins.

The below short film, which Sheldon Candis, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, made for the Film Independent's Director's Lab in 2009, is essentially a short-form version of the feature that's currently in production in Baltimore, MD. In it, you'll get an idea of what the feature might look, sound and feel like, as well as the dramatic starring role Common will play as Uncle Vincent, and maybe be able to visualize the rapper-turned-actor in the part... or not.

So, watch the short 8-minute film, which was then called Learning Uncle Vernon, below:

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6 Comments

  • RT | October 28, 2011 5:24 AMReply

    When is the movie with Common coming to the movie theater or television?

  • Kelea | May 8, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    Oh wow, I just reread the part about Common. So who is Russell Hornsby playing now? Sigh.

  • Kelea | May 8, 2011 3:14 AMReply

    I also wish Malcolm David Kelley was still in this film, but I guess he's too old for the role or something? All I know is his talent is being wasted on that terrible Gigantic series. He's an incredible young actor who did more impressive acting in that Tyson chicken nugget commercial than he'll probably get to do in that entire series. At least for me the character is more engaging, lol. Not to mention he probably has more talent in his pinky finger than any of the other actors on Gigantic. Anyway, good luck to him and I hope he gets some great roles in the future.

    Glad Russel Hornsby is still in it, I'm guessing he'll reprise his role?

    Love Common as an artist, but I haven't been able to get with his acting. Here's to hoping he has improved!

    I'll definitely be on the lookout for this one.

  • elhaq | May 4, 2011 3:58 AMReply

    NOW THAT'S WHAT THE HELL I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! THAT'S BLACK FILM. SO INSPIRING! WHY CAN'T THESE TWO CONTINUE THE FILM, I'M INVESTED IN THEM. I DON'T WANT COMMON MESSING THIS UP. THIS IS POWERFUL!!!!

  • SayNay | May 4, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    I wish Malcolm David Kelley, who plays Wood in the short, had a role in the feature. He is definitely a talented younger actor and I would love to see him make the transition from a child actor to male lead.

  • lastic | May 8, 2012 8:26 PM

    The new version is a great film michael Rainey played the kids role fantasic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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