Filmmakers and cast members attended a screening for the film Sprinter at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles April 23. The film, distributed by FilmRise, debuted in theaters April 24. Sprinter tells the story of a Jamaican teen whose rising star in track and field may help reunite him with his mother who is currently living in the United States. The film is executive produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. It also features a cameo by Usain Bolt.
Distributor FilmRise has partnered with anti-poverty group Global Citizen for a special (April 24) on-demand theatrical screening of Sprinter, from executive producers Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Richard Jefferson.
The fictional movie showcases Jamaican teenage runner (Dale Elliott) – burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother – who hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother (Lorraine Toussaint), who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.
The movie also features David Alan Grier, Shantol Jackason, Bryshere Gray and multiple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt, among others.
International anti-poverty organization Global Citizen is offering a VIP ticket package to attend the FilmRise and Citi/Grove exclusive premiere screening in Los Angeles.
“Sprinter is an authentic look at a teenager struggling to find his way, fulfill his true potential, and reunite with his family, which has been broken apart by extreme poverty,” Sal Scamardo, VP, distribution strategies, FilmRise, said in a statement.
Since 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest platforms around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this film and its campaign to help bring families together, create opportunities and education for all and to help encourage more people to take action in support of a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty,” said Madge Thomas, senior director of global policy and government affairs at Global Citizen.
With over 15,000 titles in a wide range of genres, FilmRise releases include HBO’s multiple Emmy-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney; two-time Academy Award-nominee Julie Delpy’s “Lolo; and the Sundance hit “White Girl”. Television titles include such classics as “Roseanne” and “3rd Rock from the Sun”, as well as Robert Stack hosted series, “Unsolved Mysteries” and Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares.”
Recent releases include “Manifesto” starring two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett; sci-fi drama “Marjorie Prime” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith; the box-office hit “My Friend Dahmer” starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche; and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” starring Chloë Grace Moretz.