Oscar-nominee, activist, former Black Panther and 2015 PURPOSE PRIZE WINNER Jamal Joseph directs this alternately tough and tender feature that looks at how broken people love one another. Starring Daniel
Beaty, Emmy winner Loretta Devine and Omari Hardwick costar of POWER, produced by The Harlem Film Company. This film is a powerful indictment of the effects mass incarceration has on society. Chapter + Verse showcases many of the young actors who are members of IMPACT Repertory Theatre. It was screened at the Human Rights Festival last June.
Starring: Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, Selenis Leyva
Written by: Jamal Joseph and Daniel Beaty
Director: Jamal Joseph
Produced by: Cheryl Hill, Jonathan Sanger
After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram re-enters society
and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole
officer in a halfway house, he is unable to find a job that will let him use the technological
skills he gained in prison, and is forced to deal with racism, gang violence, and the
gentrification of the historic New York City neighborhood in which he was raised. Chapter &
Verse pulls you into its vibrant world and reflects upon what it means to forge your own
destiny in an outwardly harsh society. 97 MINUTES
"A very good, intelligent, and affecting piece of film realism that has tough politics and
debunks some sentimental ideas about "the black community." One almost never sees
anything like that … it's a very strong film … It is definitely going to be on my ten best
list this year.”
Film Comment – Amy Taubin
“Chapter & Verse is so intimate a portrait of a black man many of us know only as a
statistic that one wonders while watching the movie if the story is about an
uncelebrated, local hero.”
Film Journal International – Maria Garcia
- Q&A with Director Jamal Joseph, Producer Cheryl Hill, and Co-star Khadim Diop, member of Impact Repertory Theatre.
-Student price 14-18 yrs, $10
-General Admission $25
- Preferred Seating with and cocktail reception at private home with Director and Co-star, $100
Proceeds will go toward Impact Theater/New Heritage a 501c3, with a donation to the Eastville Community
Historical Society as well.
The public is encouraged to attend and to bring children of high school age and older.