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Film Finds - Gospel Hill

Hmmm... This just landed on my desk, Giancarlo Esposito's directorial debut. It's called Gospel Hill.

First, the star-studded trailer:

The story goes...

In the town of Julia, the residents of the black neighborhood of Gospel Hill, are being forced out of their homes to make way for a multimillion-dollar golf course development.

Race relations are strained just as they were thirty years ago when Peter Malcolm (Samuel Jackson), a black civil rights activist, was assassinated. Dr. Ron Palmer (Giancarlo Esposito), an influential black community leader who runs the emergency clinic in Gospel Hill, is supporting the golf course development and helping to push people off their land.

Peter Malcolm's brother, John Malcolm (Danny Glover), withdrew from the community and the fight for civil rights after his brother's assassination, haunted by feelings of hatred for Jack Herrod (Tom Bower). Herrod, the towns bigoted, ex-sheriff, was responsible for letting the investigation of Peter's murder dissipate with no one charged.

Meanwhile, Sarah Malcolm (Angela Bassett), Johns wife, takes it upon herself to battle Dr. Palmer and reveal his profiteering to the whole town, exposing him for the greedy man he has become.

Jack's sons are Carl Herrod (Adam Baldwin), an iconoclastic lawyer, who is having an affair with the doctors' wife (Nia Long) and Joel Herrod (Taylor Kitsch), who has tried to distance himself from his father's name and reputation. Joel has a struggling landscaping business that flourishes when he begins to work for Dr. Palmer, but when he falls in love with Rosie (Julia Stiles), a school teacher helping Sarah fight Palmer, the conflict of interest becomes too present to ignore.

These characters lives intertwine as Dr. Palmer obtains real estate and pushes the development to the cities approval; Sarah struggles to get John involved as she fights to expose the doctor; Joel deals with his fathers increasing animosity; Jack Herrod, discovering he is terminally ill, has secretly reopened the case of Peter Malcolm's murder; and John Malcolm begins to realize that the fight for equality didn't die with his brother, that it continues in every breath the town takes, and he knows that if Sarah continues to stir the hornets nest that the town of Julia has become, he will be thrust into the position he shared with his brother thirty years ago.

Did you get all that? :o)

Sounds like something that would make Robert Altman smile.

Anywho... I'm intrigued by what I see in the trailer, and in the extended synopsis above.

The film has been traveling the festival market circuit since February, picking up several awards along the way; it even screened at the Democratic National Convention!!

According to IMDB, Twentieth Century Fox owns both theatrical and DVD rights, although no release date has been set.

Might it be coming to a theatre near you any time soon? I'll guess not. Instead, look for it at your local video rental store, or online, via Netflix.

For more, visit the film's website, which is loaded with content:


  1. Anonymous said...

    i'm not sold on the trailer.
    was that rza? haha
    when i saw forest whittaker a few weeks ago i really wanted to bust out " ghostdog... "
    i like visiting your page for movies that aren't as highly promoted.

  2. The Obenson Report said...

    What did you see Forest Whittaker in?

  3. Anonymous said...

    he was working on a movie down here

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