The wildly popular 1994 Black gay love story "B-Boy Blues" by James Earl Hardy is making its way to the big screen. Director and executive produce Jussie Smollett along with co-executive producer and comedian Sampson McCormick took to Instagram Monday (Oct. 18) to share that the film will make its world premiere at the American Black Film Festival in November.
As we previously reported, Jussie Smollett is making his directorial debut with a B-Boy Blues book adaptation. The bestselling novel follows the relationship of 27-year old journalist, Mitchell Crawford (played by Timothy Richardson), and 21-year old bike messenger and B-boy Raheim Rivers (Thomas Mackie) who meet at a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1993. The film officially began production last year on Oct. 17 in New York City and is also being co-produced by Madia Hill Scott and Frank Gatson.
Smollett shared his excitement for the film's debut.
"To say we are honored would be a major understatement."
The Empire star continued, "Thank you so much for seeing and choosing us as an official selection @americanblackfilmfestival. I’m so proud to stand with the other incredible filmmakers/artists this year. To @james.e.hardy.9 and the entire @bboybluesthefilm family… I love you. So grateful for y’all. To our people… we are about to make you proud. Let’s go."
Co-producer Sampson McCormick shared how "grateful" he was to announce the upcoming world premiere of the very long awaited B-boy Blues film.
"I’m grateful to serve as co-executive producer of (and to appear in) this very necessary story. We are excited to be sharing it with the world!"
Jussie Smollett told Shadow and Act about how he felt directing, “Like so many same-gender-loving, black men... B-Boy Blues was and continues to be a story that hits home for me in ways that not many people truly understand. With that said... it’s truly a universal story about Black on black love. I couldn’t be more psyched to have this project be my feature film directorial debut. To have someone as iconic as James Earl Hardy, trust me, to bring his vision to life is an honor I don’t take lightly. And to produce/finance it with the launch of my company, SuperMassive, which will invest in projects by LGBTQ+, women and filmmakers of color is what my life’s work has been for. I hope I do it justice, but with the cast and crew we’ve assembled... it’s looking damn Jood."
Gayes, if you are interested in watching, the 2021 American Black Film Festival will be a free, worldwide digital experience and is scheduled to take place between Wednesday Nov. 3 - Nov. 28th. At this time, the film schedule is not yet listed but registration is currently open.