The Miami International Film FestivalÂ is a world-class platform for film and filmmakers promoting Miami as an educational and international film destination. The Festival presents the best of emerging and established film to the local and international community within an educational framework. And here, they bring a screening and premiere of 50 Cent’s film Things Fall Apart (the one that caused him to go through that dramatic 50 pound weight loss) at the Gusman Theater on Saturday March 5, 2010 at 9:45PM.
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33131
With the dexterous aide of Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Panther, Baadassss!) in the director’s seat, rapper/actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson undergoes an astonishing physical transformation as Deon Barnes, a promising Michigan football running back who dreams of one day getting drafted by the Miami Dolphins. A well-liked young man whose winning disposition makes him a hit with just about everybody (especially the girls), Deon has a line on a Heisman Trophy until he one day collapses in the locker room following a big win. The diagnosis, delivered by his doctor (Ray Liotta), is cancer, and Deon’s blessed life comes crashing down around him as he undergoes chemotherapy, losing his hair and over 60 lbs of muscle, his hair falling out, leaving him an emaciated shadow of his former self. Based on the true story of a close friend, 50 Cent also co-wrote and co-produced this moving film, and provides many of the bracing original songs that make up its soundtrack. Like John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side, football here becomes a vehicle for familial expressions of love, resentment and ultimate reconciliation. – Run time: 105 minutes