*Oscar nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels hosted a special screening of the film “Pimp” Thursday night (April 19) during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The film from writer/director Christine Crokos stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah And The Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in LA), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and DMX.
“Pimp” is set on the rough streets of the Bronx and centers on Wednesday (Palmer), who is born into the gritty world of hustling, where she learns the game from her dad (DMX). Once he’s gone, she is left to look out for her mother (Ellis) and her girlfriend Nikki (Ramm). In need of more money, Nikki decides to hit the streets for Wednesday for a dream at a better life. In a ferocious battle of survival, Wednesday comes face to face with a pimp (Gathegi) who runs a more dangerous game, leaving Wednesday to fight for love and risk all to save Nikki.
Daniels, the writer-director-producer behind such TV and film hits as “Empire,” “Star,” “Precious” and “The Butler,” is making his debut as an executive producer with “Pimp,” because he wanted to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.
Jason Carroll from CNN moderated the screening, which took place at the Regal Battery Park cinemas.
A release date for the film has yet to be announced and the trailer was pulled from YouTube.
Peep snaps from the event below: