Strange Fruit (film)

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Strange Fruit
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kyle Schickner
Written by Kyle Schickner
Music by Sidney James
Cinematography David Oye
Edited by Michael Simms, Kyle Schickner
Distributed by FenceSitter Films
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Strange Fruit is a 2004 film written and directed by Kyle Schickner and starring Kent Faulcon as William Boyals and Berlinda Tolbert as Emma Ayers. It was produced by FenceSitter Films.[1] The title comes from the 1939 Billie Holiday song.[2]


New York attorney William Boyals has escaped the Louisiana bayou of his childhood, but he must return to investigate the death of a childhood friend who, like Boyals himself, was both black and gay.


  • Kent Faulcon as William Boyals
  • Berlinda Tolbert as Emma Ayers
  • David Raibon as Duane Ayers
  • Christopher Warren as Cedric
  • Sam Jones as Sheriff Jensey
  • Vergil J. Smith as Jo-Jo
  • Shane Woodson as Jordan Walker
  • Ed Brigadier as Arnold West
  • Charlie Schroeder as Tommy
  • Jared Day as Deputy Conover
  • Jon Finck as Deputy Adams
  • Ron Bottitta as Dep. Curtis Butler
  • Christopher May as Deputy Mathers
  • Cecile M. Johnson as Martha Boyals
  • Alex Boling as Paulie (voice)
  • Emily Gorgen as Tanya
  • Earl Thompson as Manny
  • Harace Carpenter as Buddy Bleu
  • Leon Morenzie as Walter Durant
  • Ron Allen as Kelvin Ayers
  • Walt Turner as Jerry West
  • Wilbert Lewis as Preacher
  • Gavin Lewis as André
  • Carlo Daquin as Derrik
  • Tommy Cole as Diesel
  • Tory Andrews as Angry Gaytor Patron
  • Arthur LeBlanc as Cyril
  • Randy Maggiore as Lowell
  • Lakesha Lenoir as Ruby
  • Ted Duhon as Deputy Guidry
  • Agnes DeRouen as Reporter
  • Richard Pushkin as Doctor
  • David L. Corrigan as Deputy Blaine


When told by producers, who had offered the film a $6 million budget, that the lead character could not be both black and gay, Kyle Schickner left the studio to produce the film for only $250,000.[3]


  1. ^ Moylah, Brian (2005-07-15). "A ripe discourse; Black arts festival includes gay films among offerings". Southern Voice. 
  2. ^ The story of a song Retrieved 28 July 2011
  3. ^ "1766 Magazine" (PDF). Rutgers Alumni Association. Retrieved 2008-06-26. [dead link]

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