‘JOY ROAD’ debuts in New York Friday, November 18 at the AMC Empire 42nd Street, Director, Harry Davis’ Hybridization of Humanism and Realism

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A defense attorney in Detroit, desperate to leave his career behind, is begged by a relative to represent the alleged leader of the city’s most notorious gang.

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JOY ROAD is one of the most important films of these times with the many layered

messages vital to the future of African Americans.

Approximately 150 of the nation’s leading critics, celebrities, media, film makers, academics and investment firms will be brought together by Blazar Media Group for a special screening of producers Kevin Edwards, Karin Chien, Charles A. Murphy III, George N’Namdi, Steven Traylor, Michael Phillips and Harry Davis’ ‘JOY ROAD’ opening on Friday, November 18, 2011, with two movie showings per day at the AMC Empire, 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036-0000, http://www.joyroadmovie.com, 212-405-2204 or mp(at)blazarmediagroup(dot)com. At heart of the film and more pertinent today than ever, we discover “What happens when there is no one else to blame but us?”

Written by Jack Haigis, Harry Davis and Greg Pak, co-staring Roger Guenveur Smith, N'Bushe Wright and Obba Babatundé, this urban drama, JOY ROAD, stars Wood Harris, star of the critically-acclaimed television drama “The Wire,” as a defense attorney forced to take on a client that he doesn’t want, his sister’s thug boyfriend, Big Boy, who stands accused of murder. Played cleverly by rapper Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis, Big Boy challenges everything that Harris’ character, Tony Small, thinks about himself, his comfortable middle class life, and the rough neighborhood that he left behind. The film is named after the long-stretching Wayne County thoroughfare and is set on Detroit's west side, Joy Road.

Tony Small is pulled back into the neighborhood he worked so hard to escape. Believing in the system and its minions would only work against Tony as he faces off against an old neighborhood nemesis.

Flip (Jamie Hector, The Wire) is all too clear about who he is and what he stands for. But who really controls the criminal justice system in Detroit? Are the gods Tony prays to who he thinks they are? And who really runs the streets? Tony must find answers to these questions as he navigates a spellbinding and emotionally charged journey back to his old neighborhood, Joy Road.

JOY ROAD was a winner at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, the Hamptons’ Black International Film Festival and was selected as one of Blackvoices.com's “5 Films to See in 2011.”

“JOY ROAD’s theme of the price that must be paid when a family is divided – is universal,” actor Wood Harris says.

JOY ROAD will debut in New York on Friday, November 18, 2011, with two movie showings per day at the AMC Empire, 234 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036, http://www.fandango.com/joyroad_148906/movieoverview. Arrangements for the Opening are being handled by Blazar Media Group. For further information, contact Michael Phillips, 212-405-2204 or mp(at)blazarmediagroup(dot)com, http://www.joyroadmovie.com.

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