SONS 2 THE GRAVESONS 2 THE GRAVE… Quietly powerful and thought provoking Film. – The Hype Magazine

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Published on April 19th, 2019 | by Guest Editor

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SONS 2 THE GRAVE… Quietly powerful and thought provoking Film.

SONS 2 THE GRAVE is an emotionally telling and honest film, shot in Atlanta GA, by Toronto based production company, Have Faith Productions.  Inspired by actual events, the film is written and produced by author, screenwriter and producer, Lynne Stoltz.

SONS 2 THE GRAVE plays out in Hudson, a neighborhood where drugs and guns are offered up more than hope. Families fight to keep up and politicians tend to give up.  Power & social status has no race or religion, but ultimately it has an address. The responsibility lies on both sides of the bridge.  The answer is not in the blame, but in who’s willing to share it.   We are our brother’s keeper.  The rest is geography. 

The story…Ruth Jennings (Maria Howell) moved to Hudson for her son.  Eighteen year old Marcus Jennings (Trevor Jackson) was headed to the NBA and oddly, undesirable Hudson High is on NBA radar.  Ruth thought she could protect her son, but Marcus found it hard to fight off his new surroundings and mislaid loyalties. A boy, living up to his and others exaggerated egos, without the thought of consequences.  The Hudson streets belong to R.D (Brad James) For R.D it’s not personal, it’s business.  It’s Survival… His. He reminds Marcus leaving comes at a cost. 

With one foot in Hudson and one in the NBA, Marcus Jennings is murdered, in the middle of a footbridge not linking neighborhoods but dividing them, in another city that’s vision is comfortably blurred.  A message sent to the community held hostage by an “in plain sight” killer made larger than life by the hostages themselves.  A code of silence remains, fostering a common element … fear.  Friends remain silent, giving power to a killer, binding them for life.  The silence of cowards is deafening.  God does see all.  There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.   But, for now there’s Hudson.

Sons 2 The Grave fiercely makes the point of the responsibilities we have for each other regardless of what side of the bridge we live on. The outstanding cast brings to the screen raw performances that brings home the message with an obvious ease of working together… Actor and Atlantic Records recording artist, Trevor Jackson (Superfly, Grown-Ish, American Crime)  3 time NAACP nominated actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (The Family Business, Soul Food, Stomp the Yard) NAACP Image Award Winner, Justin Martin (The Soloist, Flight, High School Musical 3)  Brad James (BET’s “American Soul,” Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) Atkins Estimond (Starz “Hightown,” How To Get Away With Murder, The Resident, Step Up)  NAACP Nominee Algee Smith (BET’s New Edition story, Detroit, The Hate You Give) Ajinoa Alexus (Empire,  Breaking in Movie with Gabrielle Union, Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony, Cover Girl Spokeperson) Maria Howell (The Color Purple, Saints & Sinners, Hunger Games) 2 time Emmy winner, Greg Alan Williams (Chicago Med, The Resident, OWN’s Green Leaf, Remember the Titans) Demetria McKinney & Keith Arthur Bolden. MTV Award Winner, DJ Holiday (Streetz 94.5 ATL) as himself. And introducing Messiah Harris son of Hip Hop Mogul TI (T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle) Backed by music from the iconic Hip Hop community.                                               

Your thoughts become your life”

Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian

     



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