Movie starring Tulsa artist Branjae Jackson set for national release

by The Black Wall Street Times
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Finding Carlos, an Oklahoma-made feature film starring Tulsa artist Branjae Jackson, has been picked up for national distribution by Vertical Entertainment and will be released in theaters and Video On Demand on February 18. The film is set to a holiday Hip-Hop soundtrack and tells the story of a skateboarding teenager trying to reconnect with his father and find his place in the world.

The movie will be available nationwide on Video on Demand, with a simultaneous release theatrically in 11 markets, including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City. Circle Cinema in Tulsa is hosting the Oklahoma theatrical run from February 18 to Feb. 24.

In the film, Branjae Jackson plays a successful dance company owner who helps the lead character Carlos break from his past. Jackson, who won Best Female Artist at the 2020 Black Wall Street Music Awards, also performs the theme song from the film, Do Something New

Artist Branjae performs at a mural unveiling of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. (Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times.)

Oklahoma-made film spreading to a national audience

Tulsa musician Bobby Moffett, Jr. is the composer for Finding Carlos. He created both original music and modern versions of several classic Nutcracker songs from the Tchaikovsky score. Selections of the music created by Moffett, Jr., including his collaboration with Jackson on Do Something New, are available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and all major streaming services.

Finding Carlos is directed by Oklahoma filmmaker Lance McDaniel, who wrote the screenplay with Melissa Scaramucci, and produced the film with Scaramucci and Hui Cha Poos. Poos is the founder of RACE Dance Collective and creator of RACE Dance’s Hip Hop Nutcracker, on which the story is based. 

Vertical Entertainment is a global distributor known for releasing award-winning independent films. Last year, Vertical released Wild Indian, an Oklahoma-filmed movie starring Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Greyeyes, and Kate Bosworth that is nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. 

Other notable Vertical titles include Four Good Days with Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, Miss Juneteenth with Gotham Award winner Nicole Beharie, and Other People, with Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons.

To see a full list of screenings for Finding Carlos, visit their website.

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