Codeblack Picks Up ‘Mister and Pete’

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The latest film from director George Tillman, Jr., The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, was picked up for distribution by Codeblack Films.

Tillman’s film tells the story of two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City. During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles.

But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.

The film made its debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and stars 13-year-old Skylan Brooks as Mister and Ethan Dizon as 9-year-old Pete. Also featured in the film are Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Julito McCullum, and Anthony Mackie.

Written by Michael Starrbury, the film reunites Tillman with his long-time producing partner Bob Teitel as well as Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen. Superstar Alicia Keys is one of the film’s executive producers and film’s composer.

No release date has been scheduled for the film.

Check out a clip from the film and images below: