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Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner.
Turner’s credits include “Luv,” starring Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert; “It’s a Disaster,” starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; “Dysfunctional Friends”; “Video Girl,” starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; the James Franco drama “About Cherry”; “Kilimanjaro,” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer; and “Another Happy Day,” starring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn.
- Dave McNary
Luv and It’s A Disaster producer Datari Turner has scored a first-look deal with Codeblack Films, Lionsgate’s specialty arm geared toward black audiences. The agreement gives Codeblack all North America rights to Turner’s slate of microbudget films via his Datari Turner Productions shingle.
Since founding the company in 2010, Turner has produced Sundance pics Another Happy Day, Salvation Boulevard, and Luv, as well as the James Franco starrer About Cherry. In that short time he’s also produced indie releases It’s A Disaster starring Julia Stiles, Kilimanjaro starring Brian Geraghty, crime drama Kid Cannabis, Video Girl starring Meagan Good, and ensemble comedy Dysfunctional Friends. “Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make powerful films that connect with moviegoers,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan, who founded the label in 2012. “The Codeblack family is proud to work with him as part »
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Zulay Henao, who co-starred in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, has signed on to portray Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic centering on the adult film legend. The indie will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, a music video director for such bands as Mudvayne and Slipknot. Mignone also wrote the script. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Datari Turner (Kilimanjaro) and Arthur Sarkissian, best known for the Rush Hour movies, are producing the drama, which is eyeing a production start in October and will shoot in Los Angeles and New York. With the cheap, crime-
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Ryan Piers Williams currently lives in NYC and started making films when he was 12 years old in El Paso, Texas. Upon graduation he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including "Ocean's 12," "Good Night and Good Luck," "The Good German," and "Ocean's 13." He wrote and directed "The Dry Land" (Sundance 2010), and "Kilimanjaro" (SXSW 2013). "X/Y" is his second feature.Biggest challenge in completing the film? I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in X/Y. The biggest challenge I faced in making the film was to perform all of my duties without sacrificing the integrity of the project. It required me to be extremely prepared and exercise a great deal of discipline - while at the same time being flexible and willing to embrace the imperfections in the process. I was also very fortunate to have a seasoned team of producers, crew, and actors who were very »
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