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Q&A: ‘Charm City Kings’ director Angel Manuel Soto talks filming in Baltimore, uniting marginalized communities and more

Courtesy: Angel Manuel Soto

It is very rare that Hollywood makes the decision to take on a story that includes the uniqueness of Baltimore City. This year, “Charm City Kings,” a coming-of-age story about the complexity of black masculinity and the pressures of inner-city social infrastructure, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to the sold-out Ray Theater in Park City, Utah.

The film stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Will Catlett and features a break-out performance by rapper Meek Mill. Angel Manuel Soto directs from a screenplay written by Sherman Payne, which is derived from a story by Kirk Sullivan, Chris Boyd and Barry Jenkins. Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith executive produced.