One of the groundbreaking gospel films of 2016, "Restored Me" will be appearing at Florida A&M University’s Lee Hall auditorium Thursday from 7-10 p.m. for its last stop on their college tour.
Hosted by FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communications (SJGC), the screening is open to the general public.
“Restored Me” is a faith- and God-driven comedic drama that tests ex-con Julio Velasquez’s faith. Velasquez believes in second chances, joining the colorful cast of an old movie after being released from prison. He faces temptation as he fights to get back on the right track only to realize that theatre is not what it seems to be.
Other actors in the film are Richard T. Jones, Bill Duke, and Gary Owen. Jones plays coach and pastor Maurice Durrell, while Duke plays as officer Wallace Brantley. Owens’ character is Ken McCleary.
Fourth-year theater student from Miami Xerron Mingo expressed his thoughts of the screening coming to campus.
“Events such as the screening are vital simply for the exposures of people on campus who have insecurities to attend movies and plays," Mingo said. "It is a great opportunity for theatre students to network and get to know their peers, professors and potential work references."
There will be a panel, featuring 2008 FAMU alumnus Amir Windom and “Restored Me” director Allan Chua, following the screening.
Focusing on wrongful convictions, the impact of drugs on the community, single parenthood and challenges of personal restoration, the panel will discuss the African-American experience.
The screening partnered with churches throughout the U.S. to showcase top-named artist from the “Restored Me” soundtrack, along with a musical testimony and a first look at the screening of the feature film.