A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK AND SEXY Makes Its WORLD PREMIERE at 2008 Sundance Film Festival

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January 14, 2007 (New York, NY) — Dennis Dortch’s provocative directorial debut A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy makes its World Premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (January 17-27). In a smooth and seductive series of vérité vignettes, writer/director Dortch grants a rare, unapologetic look inside the myths and truths of black sexuality. His daring and frank sketches depict young black men and women as they negotiate and explore sex, desire, and love. In the first sequence, 'Reciprocity,' Jeanette (Kathryn Taylor) and Tony (Brandon Jones) battle for “first come, first served� positions; next in ‘Her Man,’ Helena (Chonte' Harris) plots to spend more quality time with paramour D'Andre (Marcuis Harris); in the two-part episode ‘Tonite,� Tamala (Mylika Davis), a naive teenager experiments with flirtation and sex despite ominous warning signs; next up in ‘Reprise,’ a sexually adventurous Candi (Nana Hill) attempts to persuade a reticent Russell (Kareem Grimes) to expand his repertoire; and in the final segment, 'American Boyfriend,' taboos and secrets are exposed when Jasmine (Emily Liu) tries to conceal from her conservative Chinese parents the true colors of her relationship with Jesse (Alphonso Johnson). Captured with a raw unflinching eye, these gritty snapshots of urban pillow talk offer a rare, voyeuristic glimpse of black sexuality. Set to a pulse of classic R&B and Neo-Soul music, Dortch’s timeless imagery leaves the viewer pondering – is it 1978 or 2008? With shades of John Cassavetes Faces, Dortch deftly picks up where Spike Lee left off in She’s Gotta Have It, and fast forwards to an authentic and irresistible portrayal of race, culture, and sexual desire. Los Angeles based writer/director Dortch has long been interested in creating work that explores and combines music, film, and ethnic identity. While studying recording arts and film at Loyola Marymount University he directed his first short film Honey, a dreamy experimental examination of the blaxploitation era with a '70s soundtrack. The film later premiered in competition at the 1999 Slamdance Film Festival. A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy is Dortch’s feature film debut. SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING TIMES: PRESS/INDUSTRY SCREENING Friday, January 18, 8:30am (Yarrow Hotel, Park City) WORLD PREMIERE Saturday, January 19, 5:30pm (Prospector Square Theater, Park City) Sunday, January 20, 8:30am (Library Center Theatre, Park City) Sunday, January 20, 4:30pm (Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, Salt Lake City) Friday, January 25, 5:30pm (Prospector Square Theater, Park City) Saturday, January 26, 9:00pm (Sundance Resort, Park City)



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