Detroit-made film profiling heroin addiction selected to Cleveland, Grand Rapids film festivals

'Detroit Diamond' to debut at film festivals in April

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DETROIT – A Detroit-made short film featuring the story of a woman struggling with heroin addiction will screen at film festivals in Cleveland and Grand Rapids next month.

"Detroit Diamond" follows the story of a mother trying to win custody of her three-year-old son after her struggles with addiction lead to her losing him.

The film was directed and produced by Hamoody Jaafar and written by M.R. Flores. It stars Laura Finlay, Nina Kircher, Darlene Strickland and Miz Korona - a full female cast. It was also produced by Dave Maxwell. 

The film will screen at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 5 and 6, and the Grand Rapids Film Festival on April 14.

Check out a clip from the short film below and find more on the film here:

Detroit Diamond Film Festival Teaser

Today we are extremely excited to announce that Detroit Diamond has officially been accepted into the 42nd annual Cleveland International Film Festival which is an Academy Award qualifying competition for the Live Action Short Film category! Which we will be competing in. Congratulations to our incredibly talented team! What an honor! Executive Producers: Joe Vinson Hamoody Jaafar Co-Executive Producers: Luke DePauw Jawad Jafer Producer: Dave Maxwell Co-Producers: Dave Tappan Hamoody Jaafar Director: Hamoody Jaafar Writer: Michael R Flores Cinematographer: Tommy Daguanno Editors: Chent Steinbrink Davis Nixon Cast: Laura Finlay Nina L Kircher Miz Korona Darlene Strickland Associate Producers: Larry Ritner Michael R Flores Tommy Daguanno First Assistant Director: Kaelin Garza Stockwell 2nd Assistant Director: Matthew Smutek Production Designer: Joey Ostrander Wardrobe Designer: Jessica VanAssche Production & Post Sound Mixer: Cruce Grammatico MoVi Operator: Joshua Robert Coté 1st Assistant Camera: Corey Gipperich & Sean Mouton 2nd Assistant Camera: Vaughn Brines Music Supervisors: Michael R Flores & Nicole Churchill Gaffer: Chris Miller Best Boy: Nikolas J. Tyckowski Hair & Makeup Artist: Morgan Getty DIT: Andy Bisaha Hospital Property Master: David D Dickerson Head Production Assistant: Adriel Velazquez Production Assistant: Hannah Ervin Production Assistant: Rami Doha Assistant to the Producers: Anthony Evans Consulting Assistant Director: Jordan Champine Head of Security: Ray Buford Supporting Cast: Lily Talevski, Arielle Olkhovsky (Narine Kchikian), Elliott Holmes (Rachael Holmes), Cole Corey, Judy Nanney, Dennis Perkins, Isaac Saghir (Mona Awan) Stephen Marsden Special thanks to: Woodward Original Stevie Ansara Joseph White Adrian Tonon Chris Wyatt Mike Eshaq Tony McCants Janet Torreano Pound To anyone that has followed our journey, please enjoy a glimpse of the film starring Laura Finlay & Nina L Kircher! Please 'like' & 'share' our page to continue receiving more information and to support our film!

Posted by Detroit Diamond on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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