Actor Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire”) takes the lead in a new film in which he plays a closeted middle-aged man who, while away from his family on a “business trip” on the Fourth of July, is actually out on a date with a teenage boy he met online. And while he’s away, his wife and daughter are left at home to quietly deal with the reality he leaves behind.
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The film not only challenges the cultural ideals of black masculinity, but also creates dialogue about the “in-between” existence that many middle class minorities live (i.e. being “too black” or not being “black enough”), about how people suppress their true selves in order to maintain the favor of others and about how many people keep God at arm’s length. It’s also a portrayal of a black family rarely seen on film. Wendell Pierce will be on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, on September 9, to discuss the film.
With a mostly minority cast, and helmed by first-time filmmaker, Joshua Sanchez, FOUR powerfully explores race, class and sexuality. The cast includes Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress), who plays a role that any young black woman who has ever felt pressured to straighten her hair, can relate. Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) and E.J. Bonilla (ABC’s “Revenge”), who was nominated for an Imagen Award for his performance, play powerful characters who intersect Pierce and King’s lives for the night.