Filmmaker Derrick Ellis will release Bernie Problems theatrically through Derrick Ellis Films in late summer/fall2020-2021.The film is about the struggles of one black man and his hilarious friends. Problems after problems, this man finds his purpose and the love of his life. He drips black excellence in this new life of his, but can he keep her? Will he continue to keep his head straight, or return to his destructive ways? Who will be there for him if he’s down and out?This black dramedy is written, directed, and produced by Derrick Ellis (BET). It will also feature a cameo from Mr. Ellis. The film stars acting powerhouse William L. Johnson (Netflix, BET). William was the ONLY actor Derrick Ellis considered for the role of Bernie. The film also stars Ceci Parker (MTV), Chalant Phifer (Jag, The Fresh Prince of Bellair), Yvette The Funny Lady (BET), Lester Barrie (BET), Brook England (BET), Sean Leon (CBS), Eric J. Black (OXYGEN Network), & many others seen on Apple TV +, BET, Comedy Central, and Netflix.Derrick Ellis has a history of delivering relevant stories on tight budgets and deadlines. This project was greenlit earlier this year, and was fastrracked due to its timely content. The cast and crew on this project are people who are African, Hispanic, Asian, & even people born in Europe. Almost half the cast and crew are WOMEN. Diversity, inclusion, and representation is aplenty on this project (something Hollywood could do with a lot more of). Bernie Problems is bound to become another cult classic for ethnic communities like films before it such as Friday, The Wood, Honey, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, etc.Be on the lookout for Bernie Problems this late summer/early fall 2020/2021.
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