AKILLA’S ESCAPE Gives Chase In The Official Trailer For Charles Officer’s Debut Crime Thriller
After making several festival stops in Toronto, Santa Barbara and Atlanta, Charles Officer’s new crime thriller debut now runs amuck with excitement and danger for Akilla’s Escape. Vertical Entertainment acquired the pic last November, which stars Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Rita and Claire Prendergast.
Akilla Brown is forty-years-old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery. In the aftermath of the heist, Akilla captures one of the thieves, a mute fifteen-year-old boy named Sheppard. Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he escaped.
Also starring are Vic Mensa, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Olunike Adeliyi, Colm Feore, Bruce Ramsay and Shomari Downer. Vertical Entertainment will release the film on June 11 in theaters and on VOD.
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