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Director will attend premiere of ‘Chapter and Verse’ at North Park

“Chapter and Verse,” the acclaimed story of a reformed gang leader re-entering society, is having its official premiere in Buffalo. The first screening, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), will feature a live question-and-answer session with director Jamal Joseph.

Trent Boling, one of the film’s promoters, said “Chapter and Verse” has an interesting local connection. Producer Jonathon Sanger also produced “Marshall,” the soon-to-be-released Thurgood Marshall biopic shot in Buffalo.

“The producers spent significant time last year in Buffalo and were blown away by its beautiful landscape and history,” Boling said. “The producers and I thought it would be a great fit to have the premiere here.”

Boling calls “Chapter and Verse” a “story of redemption.” While not based on a specific true story, the film’s writers – director Joseph and star Daniel Beaty – were inspired by “the community where they both live, in which one in three black men have been involved in the criminal justice system. They wanted to build a fictional story around this nationwide statistic.”

Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva star in this story about S. Lance Ingram, a former gang leader returning to Harlem after a decade in prison. During his struggle to readjust he takes a job delivering for a food pantry. Soon, he befriends the strong-willed Ms. Maddy (“Grey’s Anatomy” star Devine) and her grandson.

“Chapter and Verse” will run at the North Park from June 9 to 15. Tickets are $10.50 ($7.50 for seniors) at northparktheatre.org or at the door.

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