I, Livengoodlivin, stopped by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts this past Wednesday to get the scoop on a BET exclusive film dropping this upcoming Saturday at 8 pm titled “Angrily Ever After.” Being the vision of DMV native and executive producer Chuck West, director Terri J. Vaughn, and OCTET productions, I was so happy that the film, aside from having Hollywood style production sometimes missing from straight to TV films, had a bit of “DMV flair” in it. (I will not say how due to spoilers so tune in Saturday and watch the film.)
The event started off with a long line outside and a dazzling display out with the film photo backdrop with a red carpet. I must say a lot of people were in attendance and they definitely slayed. As soon as I walked in, I proceeded to the theatre and the film played. Without giving too much spoilers, Angrily Ever After accurately portrays the concepts of duality in relationships while geniusly developing complex characters throughout the film. With transparent and relatable emotions from the cast, hilarious scenarios, and a taste of the DMV, I’m happy to say “Angrily Ever After,” is not your “run of the mill” comedy but a well written romantic drama with comedic features.
Throughout and after the film, constant applause was given from the audience for a film well done.
After the showing, certain members of the cast were asked on stage about certain questions. Each member gave their backstory, inspiring and empowering the audience with heartfelt and captivating narrative. One story stood out to from, Terayle Hill who portrayed Austin Bean had a story which almost had me in tears from the place of passion he spoke from.
“I remember growing up, me and my brother always wanted to be on the big screen. Unfortunately, he passed away recently, right before the film started. I was broke paying for the funeral. I got a call about this film, I was asked ‘Do you see yourself in this film?,’ he paused to catch himself from tearing up and proceeded. “I took the risk of my life without somebody who always supported me. It was so hard but the cast mates and production staff made this experience worth it.” He was not the only one who caught me eye with a compelling backstory.
Tyrone Brown, who portrayed the love interest of the main character Tia Logan, Von Joyner, is no stranger to the big screen. Having prominent roles in hit series in Starz “Power,” and OWN’s “Love is, had a struggle from a different perspective. “People would always tell me I was doing so good because they saw me on TV, I went through depression for a bit because I wanted to do better. When I first started my days in New York looking for gigs, I went through so many rejections. This film made me feel so good, I got a bigger role and I’m happy that I see everybody in the audience is telling me I nailed it,” he said. When the panel was finished, everybody walked out of the theatre and proceeded to the main hall where everybody greeted each other at the reception with refreshments.
Overall, It was an inspiring and empowering event, with a good movie and stories I will remember for the rest of my life.
Main Cast and Production
Directed by - Terri J. Vaughn
Writing Credits - Cas Sigers-Beedles
Executive Producer - Chuck West
Cinematography Lead - Charles Stancliff
Casting - Brett Dismuke
Set Decoration - Jawan Wells
Production Design And Art Direction - Sofale Ellis
Tia Logan - Jasmine Burke
Malcolm Bright - Todd Anthony
Kenny Lattimore - Himself
Von Joyner - Tyrone Brown
Terayle Hill - Austin bean
Ernestine Johnson - Brianna
Rhonda Morman - Shelby Brown
Brave Williams - Kami
Ta’Rhonda Jones -Jillian James