Meet UMC’s ‘Halfway’

Halfway, a drama about race and America’s “broken justice system,” premieres tomorrow, April 21, on Urban Movie Channel (UMC), a subscription streaming service showcasing African-American and “urban” entertainment.

Halfway stars The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron as Byron, “a recently released convict who finds himself trapped between his criminal past and his new life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town.” Aaron is also one of the film’s executive producers.

The movie, which has screened at numerous US film festivals, marks the debut feature from writer/director Ben Caird. The cast also includes Get Out’s Marcus Henderson, 90210’s Gillian Zinser, Eat Pray Love’s T.J. Power, Billions’ Jeffrey DeMunn and Caroline in the City’s Amy Pietz.

Other recent UMC premieres include Ladies Book Club about two 30-something roommates, Bunny (Angell Conwell) and Carlyle (Lyriq Bent), who maintain a platonic relationship despite a mutual attraction. Bunny’s friends and mother “would love to see the best friends cross that line once and for all.”

Then there’s This is For Toronto, a valentine to North America’s fourth largest city, exploring “the rise of entertainment culture in the Canadian mecca and the global impact that it has been making on the industry.”

You can watch Ladies Book Club and This is For Toronto now at UMC.tv and a range of devices.

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