While O. J. Simpson stands trial and a big beef brews between Tupac and Biggie, Al Jolson’s great-great-grandson Jolie Jolson reaches for a dream he will never achieve. What this white, well-to-do, magnet high school student wants with all his being is to be like the cool kids from the Maple Avenue projects. He wants to be a gangsta like Henrietta, his pregnant-with-someone-else’s-baby girlfriend on the down-low. So when Jolie makes the basketball team, he jumps for joy. In his mind, he has finally made it; he is practically black.
David Andalman’s clever dark comedy Milkshake takes aim at teen sex and racial identity during a time when Netscape was on the rise and the definition of cool morphed from big hair and skinny ties to gang tattoos and baggy pants. Acutely observed and hilariously performed, Andalman’s debut feature sheds light on a mentality that has now gone epidemic. - S. F.
About the Director
Andalman is an alumnus of Oberlin Collage. He has written and directed several short films, including The Braggart and Takoma Park, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Mariko Munro studied Photography and Art History at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Prior to her work in film Munro was director of 303 Gallery, New York
Cast and Credits
Director: Co-directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro
Screenwriters: David Andalman, Mariko Munro
Executive Producers: Vinay Singh, Jason Sosnoff
Producer: Mariko Munro, David Andalman
Cinematographer: Ian Bloom
Editors: David Andalman, Mariko Munro
Production Designer: Naomi Munro
Composer: Kieran Magazul
Principal Cast: Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick, Danny Burstein
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