On September 18th writer, director, and executive producer Maurice Jamal of the new film "Dirty Laundry" signed a major motion picture deal to bring his film to theaters all across the country.
I had the pleasure of seeing his film during Outfest in LA in July. I was sick that weekend but I knew I would feel even worse if I missed this film.
A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist, the film follows a traditional southern family dealing with the return Patrick (Rockmond Dunbar), a successful Manhattan writer who suddenly left home and never looked back. After ten years, he has returned to discover a secret that could rock his “perfect” life. In the center of the conflict is his hard-edged mother Evelyn (Loretta Devine), whose own story holds as much drama and secrecy as her son's.
This clash of cultures and lifestyles is far more than a comedy. It’s heartfelt, tender and raw. Often striking emotional notes within this family, which ring true in all of ours. The family he left behind has to come to terms with the root of why he fled, which involves the complex issues of race, sexuality, and class.
When this film is released nationwide let's make sure we go out and support this team of extraordinary talented black artists.
This is the first film that will be seen by the world that will tell our story. Tell all of your friends and family members, not since The Color Purple has a film been released that I think will spark a dialogue in our community surrounding sexuality, family, and faith,a dialogue that's been long overdue.