Today, Codeblack Films CEO Jeff Clanagan announced itÂ has acquired the U.S. rights to the romantic drama “Things Never Said.”
The acquisition continues Codeblack’s mission of providing a platform where diverse and positive imagery of the black experience can be shared.
Entertainment industry veteranÂ Jeff Clanagan founded Codeblack Films in 2012. Codeblack Films’ core objective is to serve the global black community with quality programming and help its content and brand partners access the enormous spending power of the rapidly growing African American consumer market.
“Things Never Said” is based on an original screenplay byÂ Charles Murray, making his feature film debut after 10 years working on award-winning television series’ such asÂ Criminal Minds, Castle, Third Watch and Sons of Anarchy.
“Things Never Said” tells the story of an aspiring poet, Kal, played byÂ Shanola HamptonÂ (Shameless, Scrubs) who dreams of taking her poetry toÂ New YorkÂ but is held back by deferred dreams and a dangerous marriage. The surprise of a new love, Curtis, played byÂ Omari HardwickÂ (Sparkle, For Colored Girls), sparks a change in Kal that allows her to heal and find her artistic voice.
Also starring in “Things Never Said” areÂ Elimu NelsonÂ (The Shield, House of Lies),Â Michael BeachÂ (Third Watch, ER),Â Tamala JonesÂ (Up In the Air, Booty Call) andÂ Dorian MissickÂ (Law and Order, Haven).
Executive producers areÂ Nicole Elliot,Â Steven LaBroiÂ andÂ Geofrey HildrewÂ with producer Brian “Skinny B” Lewis.
“We are thrilled to releaseÂ Charles Murray’sÂ film to audiences who are eager for sophisticated, quality Black films whose characters are depicted in a positive light,” said Clanagan. “Codeblack’s commitment to projects such as this further engages filmgoers in a market where few of these films are made.”
“I’m excited to be in business with Codeblack Films, which is passionate about providing an avenue for positive black films to reach wide audiences,” stated Murray. “The release of this film honors my mother and father’s story and the kid I once was, who hoped he could make movies like the ones he grew up watching.”
“Things Never Said” will screen at the 2013 American Black Film Festival inÂ MiamiÂ onÂ June 20Â atÂ 2:55pmÂ andÂ June 22Â at 1:40pmÂ followed by a screening at the BET Experience Film Festival inÂ Los AngelesÂ onÂ June 29Â atÂ 3:10pm.