Inspired by the true story of a falsely accused black college graduate forced to serve probation in an all-white seminary in the 1960s, The Least Among You debuts on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand today, August 24, 2010 from Lionsgate.
The emotionally charged film stars NAACP Theatre Award-winner Cedric Sanders (American Gangster), as he delivers a heartfelt performance in a role that examines the hard lines of race, perseverance, courage and determination. Rounding out the all-star cast is Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Lauren Holly (Any Given Sunday) and William Devane (TV’s “24”). The DVD debuts on August 24th and contains moving special features that include an interview with the “real” Richard Kelly, plus an interview with some of the filmmakers, deleted scenes and a “behind-the-scenes” featurette.
After his false arrest at the 1965 Watts Riots, Richard Kelly (Sanders) finds himself serving probation at an all-white seminary where he is faced with racism, daily abuse and lack of support. Just when he reaches his breaking point, Kelly finds an unlikely mentor who helps motivate and guide him. Richard soon undergoes a transformation that forces him to choose between his dreams and his destiny.
The Least Among You is produced by Julia Verdin, one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, and directed and written by Mark Young. Verdin was inspired to make The Least Among You because of its strong positive message, emphasizing that “we all should have the courage to follow our convictions. One must go deep to find out who one is. It is a beautiful story of mentorship, and finding one’s own personal faith,” she says. “One reason I went into filmmaking was to make a difference, and one of my company’s goals is to make some films that enhance good values and social consciousness. This one fell under that brief.”
The Least Among You DVD contains special features that include interviews with the real Richard Kelly (Reverend Dr.Charles Marks), Editor Omar Daher and Music Composer Mark Kilian as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.