by Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
What a hookup! There will be a trailer preview at the All Nations Baptist Church’s annual Women’s Day High Tea, Brunch and Awards Program on Oct. 18 at Trinity University. Film producer Shuaib Mitchell plans to bring along some of his stars from the show to help him announce the opening of the film “Nocturnal Agony.” It’s a magical combination since his movie deals with domestic violence and the theme of this year’s high tea, which will honor numerous women of distinction, is “The Eradication of Domestic Violence.”
Maverick Entertainment Group and Anointed Pictures are proud to announce the official premiere and nationwide release of the feature-length motion picture Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. This exciting “Christian-themed” premiere will be held at Roosevelt High School in Lanham, Maryland.
In December, the movie will be available nationwide on DVD at stores including Target and Walmart.
After studying filmmaking under esteemed faculty that included internationally acclaimed filmmaker Haile Gerima, Mitchell began his professional career in news at C-SPAN, where he would direct the live nationally televised viewer call-in shows.
It wasn’t long, though, before he pursued a career as an independent filmmaker and started Nubia Filmworks. In 1992, he launched the one-hour documentary film “Straight Up Go Go,” which he co-produced and directed. The documentary, which examines the culture and history of Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, was distributed internationally by ATA Trading Corp. and has aired numerous times on PBS Television.
In April 2012, Mitchell debuted his feature-length motion picture titled “Nocturnal Agony.” The film stars renowned gospel recording artist Hezekiah Walker and veteran Hollywood actor Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs of “Welcome Back Kotter” and “That’s So Raven” fame.
Other African-American icons in the film include Vernee Watson and former Hollywood child actress Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly. Mitchell’s screenplay has won several awards, including The Larry Neal Writers’ Award (his second). It was a finalist in the 2009 Creative World Awards screenplay competition and also finished well in the Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition as well as the Fade In Awards screenplay competition.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of T. D. Jakes and Tyler Perry, Mitchell is working to turn the unlikely Washington and Mid-Atlantic region into a vibrant, thriving faith-based film community.
Mitchell directed and produced his first narrative feature-length motion picture, which was titled “Too Saved,” in 2007. The faith-based romantic comedy was acquired in 2009 by Maverick Entertainment Group for worldwide distribution and has received the prestigious Dove Family-Approved Seal (receiving a four-star rating), Best Narrative Film at the North Carolina Family Film Festival (2011), second place for Best Film at the KingdomWood Christian Film Festival (Atlanta 2008), and a nomination for Best Religious Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival (2008).
“Too Saved” has also received official selections into a number of prestigious film festivals around the world including, the 16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles 2008), the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival (Special “Showcase” Screening) (Norfolk, Virginia, (2008), the Indie Can Film Festival (Toronto 2007), and the Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival (New York 2007).
Mitchell has many projects in the offing. His feature length screenplay “A Rose By Any Other Name,” completed in 1999, is targeted for production in 2013. Mitchell has won several awards, including D.C.’s prestigious Larry Neal Writer’s Award (1999), the D.C. Screenwriter’s Competition (2000), and the Maryland State Individual Artist Award (2001). Two well-known Hollywood actors are already attached to this coming-of-age love story.