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Film Starring Phylicia Rashad, Halle Berry Provides Candid Portrayal of Mental Health Issues

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Phylicia Rashad said having Frankie And Alice in theaters three years later is a welcomed surprise. www.naturallymoi.com

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Reported by Barry Burch Jr.

Movies, a lot like music albums, sometimes get pushed back. There are even instances when the project is never actually released.  Fortunately for Halle Berry and Phylicia Rashad, their movie “Frankie & Alice,” which was shelved for three years, was finally released in 125 theaters nationwide today, as reported by The Grio.

The, film which was shot in 2008, stars Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, and Halle Berry. It’s based on the true story of a 1970′s go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder.  The actresses were reportedly shocked to discover that after only a one-week run in a Los Angeles theater during an awards season in December 2010, their movie had vanished.

However, in September 2013, Codeblack Films acquired North American distribution rights to the film. After doing so, the company invested more into the project, giving it a fresh round of press. “Halle Berry delivers a spellbinding performance in Frankie & Alice,” announced Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan.  “Codeblack is thrilled to bring this important film to theaters nationwide delivering on our commitment to bring more quality films to the marketplace.”

And Codeblack is not alone in its excitement for the film.  Rashad reveals in an interview with The Grio that she was astonished to see “Frankie & Alice” finally in theaters.

“What a surprise,” she offered.  “What a pleasant and welcomed surprise.”

Rashad added her appreciation for the type of film “Frankie & Alice” is.  She said that the issue of mental health is an important one — one that she believes to be at the center of the recent violent tragedies that have been occurring in the United States.

“Mental health should be the number 1 concern in this nation,” said Rashad.  “All these things that we see that go wrong, these random acts of violence…mental health issues are at the root of it.”

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