Colman Domingo, John Legend, and more Q&A at opening weekend for Sing Sing in L.A.

Sing Sing is a new film from A24, directed by Greg Kweder, that releases in select theaters July 12.
Film Independent Presents Special Screening Of "Sing Sing"
Film Independent Presents Special Screening Of "Sing Sing" / Amanda Edwards/GettyImages

Emmy Award-winning Colman Domingo has been extremely busy with many new projects. In 2023, he said goodbye to Victor Strand, a role he portrayed in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead throughout its eight-season run. Next, he will star in the new film Sing Sing, which premiered in the Special Presentations program at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.

Sing Sing is directed by Greg Kwedar (Transpecos), who co-wrote the film with Clint Bentley (Jockey). The movie is based on the Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) program featured at Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison. Kwedar came up with the idea for the film after volunteering for the RTA program at Green Haven Correctional Facility, where Bentley also volunteered as a teaching artist. The RTA is a program that transforms the lives of incarcerated individuals by allowing them to use their time productively, fostering personal growth, and encouraging community building. Statistics released by Sing Sing state that less than 3% of prisoners participating in RTA return to prison.

The movie follows Divine G, a man incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. While in prison, he becomes involved in RTA, where he and his fellow inmates attempt to stage Breakin' the Mummy's Code, an original production created by the program's members.

Sing Sing cast

Oscar nominees Colman Domingo and Paul Raci lead the cast which also includes several RTA Alumni.

  • Colman Domingo as John "Divine G" Whitfield (based on RTA alum)
  • Paul Raci as Brent Buell (Buell is an RTA teaching artist)
  • Clarence "Divine Eye" Maclin as himself (RTA alum)
  • John Whitfield (RTA Alum)
  • Sean San Jose as Mike Mike
  • Jon-Adrian Velazquez
  • David J. Giraudy (RTA alum)
  • Sean "Dino" Johnson (RTA board member)

Sing Sing will release in select theaters on July 12 with a expanded release in August.

On July 13, Domingo, the filmmakers, and the cast of Sing Sing will attend the film's opening weekend. They will attend a Q&A session moderated by award-winning singer/songwriter and actor John Legend there. The event will occur at AMC Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd,2000, Los Angeles, CA.

The movie is reported to be an accurate representation of the program and the impact it has on the lives of its members. If you would like to support the RTA programs, tax-deductible donations can be made at the RTA website.

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