Feature Film: L.U.V




Crime | Drama

Director: Sheldon Candis
Writers: Sheldon Candis (Screenplay), Justin Wilson (Screenplay)
Executive Producer: Steven Saxton

Michael Rainey Jr. – Woody
Tracey Heggins – Leslie
Common – Vincent
Lonette McKee – Grandma Beanie
Danny Glover – Arthur


L.U.V. brings a class of world renowned stars to demonstrate the challenges of a man torn between his past and his new goals, with trials of family and friends along the way.

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 21, 2011) – “L.U.V.” starring world-renowned actor and musician Common (Terminator Salvation, Wanted) follows a day in the life of William “Woody” Watson (played by Michael Rainey Jr.), a shy and somewhat timid 13-year old in search of a family and a better life. Looking to his ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common), Woody hopes he’s found the father figure he’s never had. But when his Uncle’s desire to create a legitimate life for himself clashes with the chaos of his past, Woody must decide where to stand, with his beloved Uncle, or against him.


No newcomer to the big screen, Common has recently wrapped up roles in New Years Eve (New Line, December 9th), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Disney) and as soon as filming is wrapped on L.U.V., he will begin shooting a starring role in AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels. His much anticipated new album “The Dreamer/The Believer” will be released in Fall of 2011. “Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” said Common. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”

Director Sheldon Candis’ film also stars Dennis Haysbert (24, Jarhead), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral, 2012, the Lethal Weapon franchise), Charles S. Dutton (The Obama Effect, Fame), Meagan Good (Jumping the Broom, Brick), Michael K. Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Road), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights, In Treatment), Lonette McKee (Honey, Malcolm X) and newcomers Michael Rainey Jr. and Marz Lovejoy. An original script by Candis and Justin Wilson, L.U.V. will shoot in Baltimore. L.U.V. is a co-production of FilmForward Independent, Bijelonic/Turner Films and Stony Island Films. Producers are Jason M. Berman (Seven Days in Utopia), Gordon Bijelonic (Another Happy Day), Michael Jenson, Datari Turner (Video Girl), Common and Derek Dudley. The film was cast by Mary Vernieu, C.S.A. and Lindsay Graham.


BET Awards
Nominated, BET Award – Best Actor – Common

Black Reel Awards
Won, Black Reel – Best Independent Film – Sheldon Candis

Humanitas Prize
Nominated, Humanitas Prize – Sundance Film Category – Sheldon Candis (writer), Justin Wilson (writer)

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival
Nominated, Grand Prize – Feature Film – Sheldon Candis

Sundance Film Festival
Nominated, Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic – Sheldon Candis