UMC Debuts 3 Films

The Urban Movie Channel (UMC), a subscription streaming service showcasing African-American and “urban” entertainment, has added three new films for February.

Breaking a Monster, available today, February 3, is a documentary about three Brooklyn 7th graders – Malcolm, Jarad and Alec – and their heavy metal/speed punk band “Unlocking the Truth.”  The film takes the young band from their humble beginnings performing in Times Square to a big recording contract, road tour and fame. Breaking a Monster was first screened at the 2015 SXSW festival.

Breaking a Monster trailer:

No Regrets, described as a “streaming exclusive premiere,” debuts Friday, February 10. This is a romantic comedy from Mark Harris whose previous directorial work includes Black Coffee. It stars Monica Calhoun (Mia in The Best Man Holiday) as a flight attendant who must choose between two romantic rivals – her long-term college sweetheart and a man she has just met, “a handsome divorcee during a long layover in Los Angeles.” The film was first screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September 2016.

No Regrets trailer:

The following Friday, February 17, brings another premiere – the documentary Hatching Shakespeare. This film follows Dr. Melanie Andrews, stage director of the Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble in LA, as she leads a new production of The Taming of the Shrew and helps “her troupe of young actors” overcome “many unexpected obstacles and setbacks.”

Watch the Hatching Shakespeare trailer on Vimeo.

UMC programming is accessible at, on Roku, via iOS compatible devices, as an Amazon Prime add-on subscription, and through Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick, with Apple TV access planned for this year.

UMC, which costs $6.99 per month, offers feature films, documentaries, stand-up comedy, original series, and other exclusive content.

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