Digital Release: BLACK BOY JOY

BLACK BOY JOY is available to watch on HBO Max.

Incredibly vulnerable performances. Martina Lee shows three generations of men coping with the complexity of love and what it means to be a man. This narrative isn’t one we normally see and it was a beautiful slice of life. — Becky M (Festival Director)


Miles tries to get his son Selim ready for his wife’s funeral when he gets into a confrontation with his father Otis about the right way to raise his son. Selim’s favorite doll goes missing, sending him into a meltdown. It is only then when Otis and Miles come to terms with own grief about their loss.


Director: Martina Lee Executive Producers: Elizabeth Franco, Dea Vazquez, Francisco Velasquez Producers: Nasir Kenneth Ferebee, Jhanvi Motla Writer: Michelle Sam Cinematographer: Morgan Cooper Production Designer: Nina Caussa Costume Designer: Beryl Brachman Editer: Brandon D. Porter Music: Ryn Jorgensen Cast: Will Catlett, Evan Alex, Montae Russell

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