FilmRise has announced the Theatrical-On-Demand® release of the award-winning feature drama SPRINTER. Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, SPRINTER is a coming-of-age drama highlighting every-day Jamaican culture that is rarely seen on film. Winner of the Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Audience Award at 2018’s American Black Film Festival, and Jury Winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, SPRINTER will be released to US movie theaters nationwide April 24, 2019 via GathrÒ Films’ Theatrical-On-Demand. Details on how to reserve tickets or host a local screening can be found on the film’s website: www.sprinterthefilm.com.
Written and directed by Storm Saulter (“Better Mus’ Come”), the film follows Akeem Sharp played by newcomer Dale Elliott, nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes his rise in athletics will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle. The film also stars Kadeem Wilson (Ghett’ A Life), Dennis Titus (The Mighty Quinn), Shantol Jackson (Yardie), Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), with Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange is The New Black), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color) with songs by Grammy Award winning artist NE-YO and dancehall artist Shenseea.
Executive Producer Jada Pinkett Smith comments, SPRINTER showcases the unbreakable bond between parents and their children, and Will and I are beyond excited to share the film with families everywhere. SPRINTER is a testament to the powerful, personal, and universal stories that can be told when underrepresented voices are given access, inclusion, and opportunity. We are so proud of this film!”
SPRINTER is produced by Robert Maylor of Mental Telepathy Pictures, Clarence Hammond, and Jamal Watson, with Jada and Will Smith as Executive Producers, along with NBA Veteran and Media Personality Richard Jefferson, Josef Bogdanovich, Zachary Harding, Dr. Lim Dong Pyo, and Flipp Montgomery.
Stay plugged in to OAJ to hear more from writer & director Storm Saulter and lead cast members.