NAACP Image Award nominated writer/director Boaz Yakin’s (“The Harder They Fall”, “Max”, “Fresh,” “Remember the Titans”) latest film, “ONCE AGAIN (for the very first time)” will world premiere in the Official Selection Competition at PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2023.
In the film, DeRay, a legendary street dancer, falls through the sky until he lands in the hallway outside the door of Naima, a spoken word poet and the love of his life. Told through both of their eyes, “ONCE AGAIN (for the very first time)” explores key moments in their lives, both together and apart, as they try to decide if they are going to give their relationship one last chance.
The film stars newcomers Jeroboam Bozeman and Mecca “Meccamorphosis” Verdell in a story about legendary street dancer and a young spoken word poet who reflect on their lives and their challenging relationship, through dreams, dance battles, rap battles and memories. The film is also executive produced by Nicholas Maye and Van Lathan, executive producers of the Academy Award-winning film, “Two Distant Strangers,” under their Six Feet Over Productions banner. The film was choreographed by Olivier Award-winning street dancer and choreographer, Rennie Harris and was composed by Beyoncé alum, Marcus Norris (“Honk for Jesus”).