I Will Follow (film)
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''I Will Follow'' is a 2010 American
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film written and directed by
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, who also produced the film with Molly Mayeux. It stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Blair Underwood and Beverly Todd.


Plot

Maye ( Salli Richardson-Whitfield) is a successful artist who has taken a leave from work to care for her ill aunt, Amanda ( Beverly Todd). As the film begins, Maye is moving out of the home she once shared with Amanda after her death and contemplating her relationships, her career, her past and her future.


Cast

* Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Maye * Omari Hardwick as Troy * Michole Briana White as Fran * Dijan Talton as Raven * Tracie Thoms as Tiffany * Damone Roberts as Damone * Blair Underwood as Evan * Beverly Todd as Amanda ** Kiki Walls as Young Amanda * Phalana Tiller as Christine * Tony Perez as Tuliau * Ramon Leon as Ramon * Royale Watkins as Roy * Owen H.M. Smith as Chuck * Robert Silver as Benjamin * J.R. Ramirez as Percy * Kiara Muhammad as Ronda, Fran's Daughter * Scotty Noyd Jr. as Fran's Son * Olivia Alvarado as Fran's Baby


Production

''I Will Follow'' was shot in 11 days on location in
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, California, on a $50,000 budget. Its title was taken from the U2 song of the same name.


Release

''I Will Follow'' made its world premiere in New York City at the 2010 Urbanworld Film Festival, where it won audience honors. It also played at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival and the 2010 AFI Film Festival. The film had a
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on March 11, 2011. Film critic
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gave the film three and a half out of four stars.


Accolades

* African-American Film Critics Association ** 2011, Best Screenplay:
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(Winner) * Black Reel Awards ** 2012, Best Screenplay:
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(Nominated) ** 2012, Best Director:
Ava DuVernay Ava Marie DuVernay (; born August 24, 1972) is an American filmmaker, television producer and former film publicist. She is a recipient of a Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Emmy Award, a NAACP Image Awards, NAACP Image Award, a British Academy F ...
(Nominated) * Image Awards ** 2012, Outstanding Independent Motion Picture (Nominated)


See also

* List of black films of the 2010s


References


External links

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