Local filmmaker Rel Dowdell’s “Changing the Game” is one of the featured stories to be shown at this weekend’s 10th Hollywood Black Film Festival in Beverly Hills.
Described by critics as a “searing drama,” Dowdell’s “Changing the Game”chronicles the life of a young African American who spends his childhood on the mean streets of North Philadelphia on his way to landing a dream job on Wall Street only to find his business environment in many ways as savagely competitive as his old neighborhood.
Dowdell’s stars include Irma P. Hall, who played the grandmother in “Soul Food”; Tony Todd, star of “Candy Man”; and Sticky Fingaz, star of TV’S “Blade” and the movie, “In Too Deep.”
This year’s Hollywood Black Film Festival runs from Oct. 27-30. It is one of the oldest such showcases for black actors and filmmakers in the country.
Among Dowdell’s many local sponsors is Willie Johnson, Chairman and founder ofPRWT Services, Inc., one of the largest African American firms in Pennsylvania.
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