Knucklehead (2015 film)
|Directed by||Ben Bowman|
|Edited by||Katie Ennis|
Imaginary People Productions
|Distributed by||RLJ Entertainment|
Convinced that prescription drugs can cure his mental disorder, a neighborhood eccentric (Gbenga Akinnagbe) ventures out of Brooklyn’s housing projects to escape his controlling mother (Alfre Woodard), and to find the one doctor who he believes can treat him.
- Gbenga Akinnagbe as Langston
- Alfre Woodard as Sheila
- Amari Cheatom as Julian
- Carla Duren
- Nikiya Mathis
- Justin Myrick
- Lauren Hodges
- DeWanda Wise as Charlotte
The film premiered as the opening night film at the BAMCinématek New Voices in Black Cinema festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 26, 2015. It was scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada in late 2016.
Colin Covert gave the film a positive review in Newsweek, writing: “Deftly combining melancholy, tragedy and sly humor, the story is engineered so its gripping drama dovetails neatly with the lead's starry-eyed optimism and the likability of sundry supporting characters. As if juggling chainsaws, Bowman delivers a film that is both troubling and comically upbeat“
John Defore at The Hollywood Reporter praised the cast, citing Gbenga Akinnagbe for his “sympathetic performance” as the mentally challenged Langston, “in a film that will attract attention more for a brutal turn by Alfre Woodard as his controlling mother.” Justin S. Myrick is called out for his portrayal of Arthur, Langston's young friend with, "a smartass spark that animates scenes and balances the bleak situation at home." It was scheduled for a late 2016 release in the U.S. and Canada.
|Awards and nominations|
|Association||Date of ceremony||Venue||Category||Nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Dances With Films||June 6, 2015||TCL Chinese Theatre||Industry Choice Award||Knucklehead||Won|||
|American Black Film Festival||June 14, 2015||New York Hilton Midtown||VH-1 Audience Award||Knucklehead||Won|||
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival||April 24, 2015||Saint Anthony Main||Best Narrative Feature ("MN Made")||Knucklehead||Won|||
|Baltimore International Black Film Festival||October 11, 2015||Charles Theatre||Best Narrative Feature||Knucklehead||Won|||
|First Time Feature Director ("Oscar Micheaux Award")||Ben Bowman||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||February 20, 2016||Washington, D. C.||Outstanding Independent Feature||Knucklehead||Nominated|||
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