A revealing look at contemporary youth culture, writer-director Mario Van Peebles' WE THE PARTY shows teenagers as they are, not as adults would like them to be. Set amidst the latest trends in music, dance and fashion, WE THE PARTY is a colorful, cutting-edge comedy set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school during America's first black president.
Available on VOD on July 19, 2012 and
In Stores July 31, 2012
"Message to Teenagers: There's More to Life Than Bling" - NYTimes.com"A Mario Van Peebles film, you really don't need much more than that to go see it. Especially when you add Tiny Lister, Snoop Dogg, Ben J, and almost the entire Van Peebles family." - Vibe.com"It's hard to dislike Party; the tempo is brisk and the message -- that success stems from more than a car and bling -- is hard to argue against. It should resonate with any parents coping with high school kids, particularly rowdy boys." --USAToday.com
LOS ANGELES (July 2, 2012) - XLrator Media proudly announces the VOD and DVD release of We The Party. Written and directed by Mario Van Peebles, We The Party takes a close look at today's youth culture. The film stars Snoop Dogg, YG, The New Boyz, The Rej3ctz, The Pink Dollaz, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tiny Lister, Melvin Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle, Moises Arias, Orlando Brown and Quincy Brown.
The film is available on VOD on all providers on July 19, 2012, and in stores on July 31, 2012 at an SRP of $20.99 for the DVD and $26.99 for the DVD/Blu-Ray combo.
A revealing look at contemporary youth culture, writer-director Mario Van Peebles' We The Party shows teenagers as they are, not as adults would like them to be. Set amidst the latest trends in music, dance and fashion, WE THE PARTY is a colorful, cutting-edge comedy set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school during America's first black president. The film focuses on five friends as they deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves. Evoking such classic teen comedies as The Breakfast Club and House Party but with an attitude and style all its own, WE THE PARTY captures the hopes, confusion, challenges and dreams of today's teenagers as they plunge headlong into an uncertain future.
The DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include a feature-length commentary by writer-director Mario Van Peebles and actors Mandela Van Peebles and Makaylo Van Peebles, 4 music videos from the film ("Truth," "She's a Vegan," "A Light at the End of the Tunnel," and "Forever"), and the theatrical trailer.
We The Party was released in theaters on April 6, 2012 by XLrator Media in association with MVP Filmz.
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Street Date: July 31, 2012
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
SRP: $20.99 for the DVD and $26.99 for the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 1.79
Special Features: Feature-length commentary by writer-director Mario Van Peebles and actors Mandela Van Peebles and Makaylo Van Peebles, 4 music videos from the film ("Truth," "She's a Vegan," "A Light at the End of the Tunnel," and "Forever"), and the theatrical trailer.
ABOUT XLRATOR MEDIA, LLC
XLrator Media, LLC is a multi-platform releasing company founded by industry veteran Barry Gordon. It is focused on acquiring feature films, event programming and libraries, in addition to producing programming for enthusiast genres and categories that are under-served by the major studios and most independents. Recent XLrator Media releases include Ironclad, John Carpenter's The Ward, Bunraku, Killing Bono and the Sundance documentary Knuckle. Upcoming releases include Mario Van Peebles' We The Party and 96 Minutes, both opening in theaters April 2012.
ABOUT MVP FILMZ
MVP Filmz' founder Mario Van Peebles believes there are three loves in your life: Love what you do, love who you do it with and love what you say with it. With his new coming of age film, WE THE PARTY, he gets to do all three. In addition to directing and acting in features, Van Peebles is passionate about supporting education and eco- consciousness through media. With his reality show "Mario's Green House," Mario got to team up with his kids and his filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles. The show chronicled the Van Peebles family's often-humorous attempts to raise their eco- consciousness as they try to go green in Hollywood. "We never got to the full green, more like Olive green," jokes Van Peebles.
With Bring Your "A" Game, Van Peebles encourages young brothers to resist the pop culture of anti-intellectualism and educate themselves beyond conventional academics. His documentary Fair Game? explores such topics as the prison industrial complex as a form of modern day slavery, and eco-apartheid.
A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, Van Peebles worked for two years for New York's Department of Environmental Protection before moving to Hollywood to act, write, and direct.
"It's called 'show business' not 'show arts.' I needed the business savvy to turn what I love into a career," says Van Peebles. After three years of saving and sleeping on a kitchen floor, Van Peebles got his first break acting in Heartbreak Ridge opposite Clint Eastwood. He took that money and funded his first short film. Soon after he was directing episodic TV including his own series for NBC produced by Stephen J. Cannell called Sonny Spoon. His theatrical directing debut was the urban gangster hit New Jack City, which became Warner Brothers' most profitable movie of 1991. Van Peebles followed up with his multi-cultural western, Posse.
Van Peebles then directed and produced Panther, while his father wrote and produced it. Panther is the story of the Black Panther Party's rise to power. The film became a political classic, earning both controversy and awards including the Locarno Film Festival's Silver Leopard award.
BAADASSSSS!, Van Peebles' odyssey about the making of his father's groundbreaking film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was one of Ebert and Roeper's 10 best movies of the year for 2004.
Recently, Van Peebles directed and acted in All Things Fall Apart alongside 50 Cent and Ray Liotta. He also directed Redemption Road, about two men on a spiritual journey with Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Skerritt.
Van Peebles received critical acclaim for his portrayal of political icon Malcolm X alongside Will Smith in Michael Mann's Ali. When not doing features, Van Peebles directs award winning shows like "Damages," "Lost" and "Boss."