Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Keenon Nikita's 'Just the Two of Us' on Thursday

Thursday is the premiere screening of "Just the Two of Us," an indie film shot in Memphis and directed and written by Keenon Nikita. This autobiographical film examines the relationship between Nikita's character, Nic Peoples, and his daughter, Ashley.

The movie was filmed with no budget, but a lot of heart. "It's taken me two and a half years to complete," Nikita says. "Scraping up cash from here and there, most times getting really big locations on my charm alone."

The film stars Nikita, Selina Nell Haley, Michael Travis Stone, Glenda Pannell and several other Memphis actors. Rod Pitts of Pittstop Productions (http://www.pittstopproductions.com/) is cinematographer.

Nikita, who played a smooth car thief in Craig Brewer's first full-length feature "The Poor & Hungry," says the movie is a modern day "Kramer vs. Kramer." His character raises his daughter until she's 8 years old when she goes back to her mother. Father and daughter both think this arrangement is for the best until they realize that everything they wanted they already had in each other.

The one-time screening is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Muvico at Peabody Place. Admission is $10. The cast will greet moviegoers and sign posters prior to the show; an after-party will be held at Isaac Hayes Music Food Passion.

From 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nikita will be a guest on "The Bev Johnson Show" on WDIA 1070-AM to talk about the movie.

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