In the early 1990s, actor, comedian, writer and director, Robert Townsend, went against every obstacle in Hollywood, relying on his faith, street smarts, and tenacity to bring his passion project, 1991’s “The Five Heartbeats,” to big screens. The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group in the 1960s, the musical drama is the subject of Townsend’s new documentary, “Making The Five Heartbeats.”
On Monday, August 27, 2018, Fathom Events will present the theatrical release of Robert Townsend’s “Making The Five Heartbeats” documentary in nearly 500 select AMC movie theaters nationwide for one day only at 7 p.m. local time, through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). In addition to the documentary, attendees will view an exclusive welcome from Townsend.
Townsend’s documentary chronicles his inspiring journey to present a new image of black people in cinema. A love letter to the movie’s fans, as well as a master-class on filmmaking, “Making The Five Heartbeats” is told through behind-the-scenes footage and personal stories with the five stars of the film (Townsend, Michael Wright, Harry J Lennix, Leon Robinson, Tico Wells), plus co-writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, and the film’s bad guy you love to hate, “Big Red” (Hawthorne James).
“For all those fans that have seen the movie more than once, for those that ask me when I’ll will revisit ‘The Five Heartbeats’ with a sequel, for those that love the R&B/soul groups that changed the musical landscape of America, and to all that want to dive deeper into this movie’s creation, this documentary is for you,” Townsend said. “I’m humbled by your ongoing love for ‘The Five Heartbeats’ and proud to be bringing you ‘Making The Five Heartbeats.'”
“Robert Townsend’s ‘Making The Five Heartbeats’ was a movie that resonated deeply with many people and we’re pleased to bring his wonderful documentary to cinemas nationwide,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said.
Regal Charles Towne Square 18 (2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406) and Regal Azalea Square Stadium 16
(215 Azalea Square Boulevard, Summerville, SC 29483-7321) are the Charleston area theaters that are holding viewings of ‘Making The Five Heartbeats’, both at 7 p.m on Monday, August 27.