Something Is Killing Tate (2008)





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Leon Lozano writes and directs this sobering but ultimately hopeful look at the black experience in America. The indie drama follows an African-American man named Tate (Jocko Sims) who, on the eve of his birthday, decides to commit suicide. When the attempt fails, he is visited by a number of figures from his past, forcing him to confront the traumatic childhood memories that have shaped his life.
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Jocko Sims
as Tate
Luz Beato
as Jasmine
Joshua Curls
as Young Tate
Aaron Amara Davis
as Officer Freely
Kevin Nichols
as Carlton
Aliza Pearl
as Renee
Bill Swindle
as Officer Baines
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Interesting independent film written and directed by Leon Lozano. This drama is about a man struggling with depression stemming from a tortured childhood, he attempts to kill himself because he can't live with what he was forced to do as a child and the haunting memory of a sister he wishes he could have protected. He also has to deal with a mother in denial, a beautiful fiance, and two best friends who care about him...all of whom don't understand the gravity of what's going on with him or know how to help him. It's a bit slow but it's real. Good performances for the most part; especially by Jocko Sims ["Crash" the series], Kevin Nichols, Aliza Pearl, and Robin Dionne Smith. Great ending, I don't want to give it away but Tate confronts what drove him to this point. Overall it's a compelling film, worth a watch if you can get past how low-budget it is.

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This was something found randomly on Netflix. The synopsis sounded interesting and it wasn't too long, so what the hell. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It had a few twists in the end I wasn't expecting and got a little vengeance satisfied by. A nicely dramatic movie, the only thing missing story-wise is a proper catalysis for the story.

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Jennifer D

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An African-American independent film that actually rings true. Terrific dramatic performance by Jocko Sims.

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