Driving While Black
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 7:15PM-8:45PM
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Director: Paul Sapiano
Category: Narrative Feature
Runtime: 97 minutes
Place of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Shooting Locations: Los Angeles, CA

Synopsis: (Comedy) Dmitri is a pizza guy who would rather smoke weed and suffer for his art, but his mom and his girl won't stop nagging him to get a real job. When he's offered a gig mouthing off to tourists behind the wheel of a Hollywood 'star tour' bus, it looks like everyone might get what they want. Trouble is, our man can't seem to step out the door to get to the interview without endless complications: busted radiators, simple weed scores gone sideways and LAPD cruisers seemingly everywhere. Dmitri's skill at going unnoticed by cops is honed by painful experiences growing up Black in L.A., but even his keen survival instincts won't save him from the week from hell. With a jovial swagger to its walking pace, Driving While Black is half comedy of errors and half hard-bitten realism, tucked into a sly treatise on 21st-century over-policing.

Cast: Dominique Purdy, Sheila Tejada, Peter Cilella, John Mead, Gloria Garayua

Crew: Writers:Dominique Purdy and Paul Sapiano ; Executive Producer Patrick DiCesare, Producer, DJay Brawner, DP, Bryant Jansen

Production Background & Fun Facts:

Festivals & Accolades: Audience Award: Best Feature Film - 26th annual New Orleans Film Festival Best Feature Film - 12th annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival Best Feature Film - 14th annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival Best Feature Film - Princeton Independent Film Festival Best Feature Film - Black Cat Picture Show Audience Choice Award: Best Feature Film - Black Cat Picture Show Best Comedy - San Francisco Black Film Festival Audience Award: Best Feature Film - Indendence Film Festival

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