TONY AWARD WINNER TONYA PINKINS TO PREMIERE HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT RED PILL IN THE HARLEM FILM HOUSE METAVERSE ON APRIL 1ST
Director and Producer Warrington Hudlin to moderate live conversation with Pinkins
HARLEM, NEW YORK, March 23, 2022 — — Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins (Women of the Movement, Fear the Walking Dead) will premiere her directorial debut film Red Pill on April 1 at 7:30pm in Harlem Film House Metaverse. Director and Producer Warrington Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) will moderate a live Q&A with Pinkins following the screening. Attendees can kick back and view the film in the Flymaxx movie theater, play the Red Pill game, and watch live performances in the Metaverse’s art gallery.
Red Pill is a nightmare thriller directed, written and produced by Pinkins that follows six liberal friends as they travel to Virginia during Election Weekend 2020. Cassandra, played by Pinkins, is a Black American woman who is fearful about the fate of the country during the 2020 election. She reluctantly travels with her best friend and land preserver activist Rocky (Ruben Blades), his wife Emelia (Luba Mason), her roommate Lily (Kathyrn Erbe), friend Nick (Jake O’Flaherty) and partner Bobby (Adesola Osakalumi) to canvas in newly blue Virginia. As the group arrives at their “Super-Host” housing location, they encounter signs of possible trouble and the fight for the country quickly turns into a fight for their lives.
The Red Pill was written by Pinkins in order to serve as a scary wake-up call about American politics. “I wrote my own personal GET OUT. To live as a Black woman in America is to be at the mercy of random senseless violence,” says Pinkins. “ The violence in the film is sometimes the release from the tension of worrying when it’s going to hit.”
Since early 2021, the Harlem Film House Metaverse has hosted numerous events such as Hip Hop Film Festivals and Revolution Music Festivals. Red Pill is the first major film to be screened in the Harlem Film House Metaverse. “The MetaVerse continues to be a proving ground for filmmakers and storytellers. We are honored and proud to have the legendary Pinkins and our Hip Hop FIlm Festival 2022 honoree Warrington Hudlin grace the Harlem MetaVerse for this exclusive screening,” says Capers.
Watch the trailer and view the event schedule below.
Red Pill Trailer
7:30 pm EVENT GOES LIVE
7:35 pm RED PILL GAME (Pod Center)
7:55 pm THEATER SEATING
8:00 pm RED PILL SCREENING (Flymaxx Theater)
10:00 pm TALK BACK WITH TONYA PINKINS MODERATED BY WARRINGTON HUDLIN (Art Gallery)
10:30 pm LIVE PERFORMANCES (Art Gallery)
About Tonya Pinkins
Tonya Pinkins is a Tony Awarding actor/singer who has starred in nine Broadway shows including the original CAROLINE OR CHANGE. Her Award Winning Film RED PILL was recently released on TVOD and has been translated into Spanish, Catalonian, Russian and Greek. Her book RED PILL UNMASKED an historical, spiritual and philosophical memoir on life is available at Amazon.com. In addition to being an actress and author, Tonya is a playwright, director and educator. Her MEDIUM essay WHY I AM FED UP WITH PERFORMATIVE ACTIVISM FROM BLACK AND WHITE THEATER MAKERS has been made required reading at universities including YALE School of Drama. She is the author of the self help book GET OVER YOURSELF: How to Drop The Drama and Claim The Life You Deserve (Hyperion). She is also a painter with an NFT collection on OpenSea. You also may have seen or heard her in THE CHICAGO STRANGLER on DISCOVERY, SCANDAL, GOTHAM, MADAM SECRETARY or ALL MY CHILDREN. Her performance as Alma Carthan, Emmett Till’s grandmother in ABC/HULU’s WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT has been touted as Emmy worthy. The accompanying RED PILL GAME will be available in February at www.redpillmovie.com when the film releases on AVOD. Visit her at www.tonyapinkins.com or www.redpillmovie2020.com
About Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, produces film and music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theater productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. The Harlem Film House creates an economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theater and related entrepreneurial pursuits. For more information, visit harlemfilmhouse.org.