In New York City on Wednesday October 2, 2013, the legendary Waldorf Astoria hosted superstars Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson in a press conference to discuss the soon to be released filmentitled The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. For the film, Keys took on the role as Executive Producer and Music Composer while Jennifer Hudson was cast in the starring role as the heroine addicted mother Gloria. The film’s director George Tillman was also on hand at the press event for questions as well.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is an American drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury. Although filled with some harsh realities, it is a coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are unfortunately left to fend for themselves over a hot summer after their mothers are taken away by the city housing authorities. Both of the young actors are new to film, but are unforgettable in their roles. Mister, portrayed by Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Pete played by Ethan Dizon’s on screen chemistry created two characters that the audience will remember for a very long time.
Many film goers may know that George Tillman, Jr., made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film Soul Food. He also directed Men of Honor, and produced Barbershop. Tillman then returned to the director’s chair for Notorious and Faster. After falling in love with Michael Starrbury’s script for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, he spent three years trying to get the film made.
It was a tough road for the film to come to life, but it was a story Tillman felt that needed to be told and one that audiences had not seen. The dream became a reality when Producer Alicia Keys came aboard. And although it took a little more time, the film began to come together. Since both Keys and Tillman were passionate about the project, they started working together to bring the riveting story that audience will now see on screen.