The summer movie season is underway. There are a few blockbusters and even a few highly anticipated independent films being released. Open Road Films’ newest film simply called “DOPE” is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. On Thursday, June 4, 2015 there was a special New York City press screening of the film “DOPE” at the AMC Loews 19. The event was hosted by actor and recording artist Mack Wilds and television & radio personality Angela Yee.
The high profile guests and press all lined up to be lead into the theater which was packed and filled with anticipation as viewers and press attendees waited to see the film currently being buzzed about.
Notable attendees included, songstress Bridget Kelly , executive producer Mona Scott-Young , actor Rotimi , reality star Po Johnson and DJ Scratch . Press in attendance included representatives from Huffington Post Live, BET, Vibe, Essence , REVOLT, Hip Hop Weekly, Hip Hop Wired, Madame Noire, Hello Beautiful, Yahoo, Examiner, The Urban Daily and many more.
“DOPE” is produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, and co-executive produced by Sean Combs, and stars Shameik Moore, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown,Zoe Kravitz and A$AP Rocky. The story chronicles the daily life of three high school friends which includes Malcolm played by Shameik Moore and his friends Jib played by Tony Revolori and Diggy played by Kiersey Clemons. These three oddballs love to ride their bikes, have a punk and totally love 90’s hip hop.
The film intelligently follows the three kids as they try to stay out of trouble and survive in the mean streets of south central LA. Even with all of their antics, they each want to graduate and go to college, but have so many incidents that could derail their plans unless they use their brains collectively. The film is definitely a must see and promises to be familiar, yet different depiction of today’s urban youths. “DOPE” hits theaters June 19, 2015. Be sure to grab your friends and family and check it out.