After years on the shelf, Halle Berry’s Frankie and Alice — which traveled the film festival circuit all the way back in 2008 — finally has a release date. And it might be thanks to black films attracting larger, mainstream audiences.
Codeblack announced that it will release the film on April 4, 2014, which is a Friday, meaning a theatrical run. It was originally set for a February 2011 release, after what was said to be a 1-screen Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles in December 2010. It didn’t garner Halle an Oscar nomination, but she was recognized by the Golden Globes for her performance (nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama).
Indiewire's Shadow and Act blog goes on to say that the film is being distributed by Codeblack, the company behind the successful box office docu-comedy Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, the critical independent darling The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete starring Jennifer Hudson and co-produced by Alicia Keys, and next month’s thriller Repentance, starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan. Codeblack is also a sub-company of Lionsgate, the production house behind Tyler Perry's films. There seems to be more and more money to be made in films with black casts, especially if those movies feature Hart, and the good times have spread to Oscar winner Berry.