Director Kevin Willmott’s “Destination: Planet Negro” is a satire that follows influential African American figures, W.E.B DuBois and George Washington Carver, as they time warp to the present to discover unbelievable developments, like the election of a black president. It all starts when a group of black leaders during the 1930s, including even DuBois, gather for a secret meeting to discuss the “Negro Problem” in America at the time, when they decide that the only real solution is for black people to, not only leave America, but the planet altogether. And with the help of George Washington Carver, they build a rocket ship that they plan to use to take an exploratory group to Mars, to research the possibility of such a bold undertaking. Of course, things don’t go as planned, and, instead, they wind up in present day America, to their befuddlement.
Sergio previously covered the film on the old S&A site (Indiewire), calling it a “funny and very clever satire.” It made its world premiere at the Black Harvest Film Festival in 2013, in Chicago, where director Willmott was present, along with his 2 costars Tosin Morohunfola and Danielle Cooper. It played several other film festival around the country, picking up critical claim and awards along the way.
And now many more of you will be able to see the film starting this June, when Candy Factory Films will release “Destination: Planet Negro” on VOD and digital HD on all leading digital platforms on June 10, 2016
By the way, Willmott most recently co-wrote Spike Lee’s “Chi-raq,” and may be most known for his acclaimed “CSA: The Confederate States of America.”
Featuring a talented ensemble cast, the film stars Willmott as Dr. Warrington Avery, Trai Byers (“Empire”, “Selma”) as B-12, Tosin Morohunfola (“Chicago Med”) as Dr. Race Johnson and Danielle Cooper as Beneatha Avery. Co-stars include Wes Studi (“Penny Dreadful”, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”) and Walter Coppage (“The Association”).
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