“Sprinter,” the award-winning film that depicts everyday life in Jamaica, something that is rarely seen on the movie screen, will be released in theaters nationwide on April 24, 2019, through Gathr Films’ Theatrical-On-Demand. The film’s executive producers are Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. It was the winner of several awards at the 2018 American Black Film Festival, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, and the Audience Award. It was also the Jury Winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival.
“Sprinter” was written and directed by Storm Saulter, who also directed “Better Mus Come.” It stars the newcomer Dale Elliott as Akeem, Kadeem Wilson (Ghett’ A Life), Dennis Titus (The Mighty Quinn), Shantol Jackson (Yardie), Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire, The New Edition Story), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is The New Black), and David Alan Grier (Jumanji, In Living Color).
The film follows Akeem Sharp, 17, who is nicknamed “The Rasta Rocket” for his amazing running speed. Akeem wants to be Jamaica’s next top track-and-field star athlete and hopes his athletic talent will take him to the United States to compete in the World Youth Championships in Los Angeles. He hopes that getting to the US will allow him to reunite with his mother, who has been supporting the family while living as an illegal resident for more than ten years. Unfortunately, Akeem’s dream faces obstacles from his turbulent home life with a volatile father and an older, scam-artist brother who works his way into the athlete’s career so he can continue his hustle.
The film’s producers include Robert Maylor of Mental Telepathy Pictures, Clarence Hammond, and Jamal Watson. In addition to Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, executive producers include NBA veteran and media personality Richard Jefferson, Josef Bogdanovich, Zachary Harding, Dr. Lim Dong Pyo, and Flipp Montgomery.
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