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Stephanie Garrett and CCH Pounder on the Red Carpet
Stephanie Garrett and CCH Pounder on the Red Carpet
Angela Bassett at the Gala Screening of Middle of Nowhere
Angela Bassett at the Gala Screening of Middle of Nowhere

Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Stephanie Garrett, were invited to come out to the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Screening and Red Carpet for Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere.”

We got to see Angela Bassett (who did not stop to talk to us) but we did get to interview some great iconic entertainers including CCH Pounder and Louis Gossett Jr..

The film was written by entertainment publicist Ava DuVernay who began writing the screenplay which was set in her hometown of Compton, California in 2002. The casting process came together quickly and found the lead actress, Emayatzy Corinealdi, through the audition process. DuVernay had worked with actor Omari Hardwick (For Colored Girls) and knew she wanted him to play “Derek” opposite “Ruby” as the incarcerated husband.

Middle of Nowhere features veteran actors like  Lorraine Toussaint, Sharon Lawrence and Dondre Whitfield who strengthen the cast of emerging talent including Edwina Findley, Troy Curvey, Maya Gilbert and Nehemiah Sutton.

Shooting started in June 2001 after DuVernay’s producing partner, Howard Barish, of Kandoo Films brought together the financial resources in three short months. If the music sounds familiar it is because hot Los Angeles deejay Morgan Rhodes (KPFK-FM) curated the soundtrack, bringing in  Black Indie Soul artists such as Me’shell Ndegeocello, Goapele, Fink, Ra-Re Valverde and more.

Stephanie Garrett and CCH Pounder on the Red Carpet
Stephanie Garrett and CCH Pounder on the Red Carpet

Click here to watch our video interviews with Kent Faulcon, Harry Lennix, Kenny Lattimore, CCH Pounder, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Dondre Whitfield, Sharon Lawrence, Barbara Eve Harris, Louis Gosset Jr., Naturi Naughton, Kathryn Bostic, Troy Curvey, Nehemiah Sutton,  F Gary Gray and Goapele.

Middle of Nowhere was also a 2012 Official Sundance Selection and winner of the Directing Award in the Dramatic Competition. This was 1 of only 4 gala screening events this year at the festival and the house was packed at LA Live’s Regal Cinemas 800-seat auditorium. The movie will be released to the general public in October 2012.

Middle of Nowhere Red Carpet Event at Los Angeles Film Festival 2012
Middle of Nowhere Red Carpet Event at Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

The Story: Middle of Nowhere

Ava DuVernay’s elegant and emotionally inspiring debut portrays the universal dilemma of how a woman maintains herself as she commits to loving and supporting someone through hardship. Featuring luminous performances by a cast of rising stars led by Emayatzy Corinealdi and Omari Hardwick, Middle of Nowhere infuses gravity and grace into the prison tale and marks the arrival of an important new directorial talent.

About the Filmmakers: Ava Duvernay, Director, Writer, Producer, Howard Barish, Producer, Paul Garnes, Producer, Bradford Young, Cinematographer, Spencer Averick, Editor and Tilane Jones, Associate Producer.

Follow Middle of Nowhere on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MiddleofNowhereMovie.

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