"Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day" Begins Run Of 5 "Black Films" Opening In Month Of April; A Record?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 10, 2012 10:00 AM
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It just hit me that there are at least 4... actually 5 (thanks to reader Kevin for adding the last title as you'll read in the comments section below) "black films" opening in theaters in the USA this month! That must be a record or something right?

Joking... somewhat... but you get my point.

Yes, there really are 5 "black films" opening in theaters during the month of April - last weekend saw the release of Mario Van Peebles's We The Party;  this Friday, April 13th, the Neema Barnette-directed, TD Jakes-produced drama/thriller Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day; and next week, April 20th, Think Like A Man, and the long-awaited Bob Marley feature documentary project; and the weekend after, April 27th, AFFRM unveils Restless City.

Any others?

It's worth researching though, now that I think about it further - what month in the history of cinema has seen the most "black films" released in theaters (in the USA)?

Somebody get to work :) If not, then I guess I'll do it later...

I should note that 3 of the 5 have AMC Independent's theatrical release program to thank for their releases - a program that's actually more accessible than you might think and that more filmmakers really should be taking advantage of.

But first, in theaters this weekend, will be Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day, although its release will be in a limited number of theaters (not surprised by that); however, I don't have any info on what cities exactly it'll open in, and the film's website doesn't list them (it really should; it saves time).

What you will find on the website is a link to purchase tickets which takes you to AMC's website, where you can search by city/state or zip code to find out if it's coming to a theater near you.

I searched for NYC, and it is playing in 3 theaters here, so if you're interested in seeing it, you have some options.

Box Office Mojo doesn't list a theater count for it either. 

CodeBlack is the distributor by the way. Recall they recently announced a multi-year partnership with AMC theaters, and this film is the first to be released in that partnership.

Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Nicole Beharie, and Pam Grier star in this second film in Pastor TD Jake’s Woman Thou Art Loosed! series - a film that centers on a husband and wife who find themselves in the midst of a crisis, when their young daughter is kidnapped. The kidnapper is supposedly a serial killer who murders his victims "On the 7th Day," hence the title. As you'd expect, during their search for their daughter, secrets are revealed that putting the marriage and their daughter's life in jeopardy.

I saw the film at the Pan African Film Festival in February; I haven't reviewed it because, well, as I said in a previous post, it just wasn't for me. Final answer :)

And instead of beating it up in a review, I figured I'd just leave you all to see it for yourselves; the audience I saw it with at PAFF (a packed house) seemed to mostly love it. So run with that!

I'm certainly curious to see how it's received at the box office this opening weekend.

And if you need a reminder, here's the film's trailer:

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18 Comments

  • Tesi | May 13, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    When does woman thou art loosed come 2 theaters or on dvd in Jax, Fl?

  • Recent | April 22, 2012 12:07 AMReply

    Woman Thou Art Loose. Fantastic movie but the title is a deterrence. I only went to see it because Think Like a Man was sold out. It should have been called Seventh Day.

  • Tina R. | April 20, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    I wish I could review the Movie Woman Thou Art Loosed, but unfortunately I and my Church members are not in an area that it is playing in. We live in Northeastern Indiana. I'm sure it's a wonderful movie, but driving to Merriville Indiana, and the Chicago area is not a viable option for us. Guess we'll have to have a showing of it when it comes out on Video. Hope we're privy to that.

  • Quentin | April 10, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    "I haven't reviewed it because, well, as I said in a previous post, it just wasn't for me." -- Tambay... Then you're no film critic and you need not write reviews on any film. Only writing reviews on films that are for you questions your objectivity when writing them.

  • Curtis | April 11, 2012 12:07 AM

    LOL Maybe Quentin #1 who always sounds sour doesn't read because for as long as I've been reading this blog I know there've been plenty of times I've read Tambay rip all kinds of movies in reviews, probably more than the other way.

  • Quentin is a fucking nobody. | April 10, 2012 11:23 PM

    Quit pretending you know what you're talking about. Someone like you who has shitty taste in movies and is easily manipulated by Hollywood dreck shouldn't be trying to tell anybody how to run their job. Keep on doing your thing, Tambay.

  • QUENTINDOUBTER | April 10, 2012 11:03 PM

    YAWNING at Quentin as always. Go away, Poser.

  • Donella | April 10, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    I think Think Like a Man and Woman Thou Art Loosed: 7th Day will both do well. Think Like a Man has a nice cast of comedic and dramatic actors, plus Steve Harvey's book tie-in. The 7th Day has series name recognition plus T.D. Jakes and his reach into the church community that sometimes transcends race, plus an interesting cast and significant storyline about missing children. I have a good feeling about both. Bob Marley, of course, will draw international attention from his fan base. Not sure about We The Party.

  • BAMA | April 10, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    What about The Skinny? I think you missed that one. It's coming out this month.

  • marques | April 10, 2012 5:05 PM

    yeah--the skinny!!! i'm going to see it tomorrow night. it's only in limited release, but it did pretty well over the weekend, considering. check it out...

    http://www.skinnythemovie.com/

  • REY WATERS | April 10, 2012 4:19 PM

    No it's not AMC. I saw at at Landmark in DC.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green Projects | April 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    Agreed, Patrik Polk's "The Skinny" was released this month, one of those AMC deals.

  • Critical acclaim | April 10, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    I was glad to see AFFRM break out of the AMC ghetto. I see Laemmle in on their release calendar, which is the premiere art house in LA. They also have the new Rave Cinema in Baldwin Hills which is great. But I was most excited to see that they are working with ICE in Chicago. Keepin it black owned! An incredible Black Woman owns CE in my old stomping grounds. There are two or three of them mow I think. I'd be interested in learning more about how AFFRM is putting this together with respect to the theaters they work with. Are they fourwalling? How do they pick theaters? Or how do theaters pick them? Whatever is happening, I'm glad it's not just AMCs.

  • Rey Waters | April 10, 2012 4:20 PM

    Agreed. But I'm not mad at AMC. Still good though to see variety.

  • woh | April 10, 2012 12:09 PMReply

    There are six. "Jesse Owens" premieres this Thursday, as the opening film, at the Full Frame Festival in Durham, NC.
    http://www.fullframefest.org/releases/2012/120306.pdf

  • Tambay | April 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    I'm not counting Film Festival screenings; commercial general releases.

  • Kevin Harewood | April 10, 2012 10:11 AMReply

    PLease also note the Mario Van Peebles directed film "We The Party" opened in limited release last weekend. In addition to Mario the film headlines several of his children including Mandela Van Peebles. They are the grandchildren of iconic renaissance man Melvin Van Peebles.

  • Tambay | April 10, 2012 10:14 AM

    Ahh! Thanks for that Kevin; I'll make the adjustment.

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