Independent Feature Film "What Goes Around" Directed by McClinton Stanley and Executive Produced by Deborah Pointer Sells Out on Opening Night

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"What Goes Around", an independent feature film directed by McClinton Stanley and executive produced by Deborah Pointer sold out during its debut at the New York Independent Film Festival on Friday, November 12, 2004. Amidst an audience sitting and standing, an inter-generational audience celebrated the film debut of director, McClinton Stanley and executive producer, Deborah Pointer. An additional showing has been added to the roster for Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 8:00 p.m.

In the cold and wet rain hundreds stood for over an hour waiting to see the debut of the independent feature film written and directed by MicClinton Karma Stanley and executive produced by Deborah Pointer, co-creator and co-executive producer of Def Poetry Jam, "What Goes Around".

"It was terrific, said Darrell Banks. The actress that played the crack head was so real. I can't imagine that she didn't overdose during the movie with all the drugs she did. She was unbelievable".

"The movie peeed", said Ronald Johnson. It was a modern day "Boys in the Hood" type movie. For anyone who has ever lived in the projects, they can truly identify. It was unbelievable! Ms. Pointer has outdone herself again as she did with Def Poetry Jam. She has the magic touch, she keeps it real."

The starring cast included Jilian Thomas as Raz, John Beckles as Keyo, Kira Jo Williams as Cynthia, Javier Corniell as Dizzy, Jennifer Pinto as Keisha and John Shaw as King Pin. Naurubi Selah, Raul Maldonado, Hector Lino, Albert Avedon and Joan J round out the cast.

Featured also are Def Poetry Jam poets "Kayo", Flowmentalz, Gemini, Butterfly Soul, Yolanda Wilkerson and Helena Lewis.

Tickets are priced at $10 are may be purchased by calling (1-866-468-7619) or at

Additional information about the film festival is available at

"I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless when I wrote this script", says director, writer and producer, McClinton Karma Stanley. I was pleased that the movie was so well received by the audience.Filmmakers tell stories. "

"This movie should be seen by every junior high and high school student across the country, said Deborah Pointer, executive producer. There is such a positive and strong message coming from "What Goes Around". Teenagers need to know that their behavior has consequences. Thank God this is not a true story, but it is a real story that many of us face every day.

An encore showing of the independent feature film, "What Goes Around" will be shown Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the Village East Cinema, 12th Street/2nd Ave.

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