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AFFRM Picks Up Sundance 2011 Drama 'Restless City'

The Andrew Dosunmu-directed film will receive a theatrical release April 27.

Restless City
Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Restless City, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film will receive a theatrical release April 27.

Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, Restless City tells the story of an African immigrant with a passion for music surviving on the fringes of New York City. Sy Alassane, Nicole Grey, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa and Babs Olusanmokun star. Eugene Gussenhoven wrote the screenplay.

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Katie Mustard and Matthew Parker produced the project; Audra Alexxi Jones, Munu Elifituri, David Raymond and Tony Okungbowa are executive producers.

"Both in its narrative and visual quality, Restless City takes my breath away," said AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay. "Andrew Dosunmu is a brilliant artist who has crafted a stunning, groundbreaking film."

AFFRM, a collective that champions quality black independent film, has released the features I Will Follow and Kinyarwanda. It most recently acquired DuVernay's competition drama Middle of Nowhere at the 2012 Sundance fest along with Participant Media.

Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano negotiated the deal for AFFRM with Ronna Wallace of Eastgate Pictures for the filmmakers.