Starring: Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, Hill Harper and Tonya Pinkins
Rated: R Romance/Comedy
Set in California, this film is centered upon Reginald “Cool” Coolidge (Dorian Missick), an aspiring actor. He constantly seeks his opportunity for a breakout role that he feels is respectful of his talents and ambitions. In the duration, he “works” at the filling station of Phil, the beau (Frankie Faison) of his mother, Marva (Tonya Pinkins). This arrangement was made in order to pay Phil in kind for supporting Cool while he was in college.
While working one afternoon at the station, his ex-fiancée and true love, Charli (Zoe Saldana), pulls in, as her automobile is having troubles. Separated three years since their breakup, Cool, in conversation, discovers that Charli is set to be married to her fiancé, Ed (Hill Harper), in less than two days.
Reflecting on his life and his decisions that have placed him in his current situation, Cool has to honestly assess what steps to take in order to create the future he wants for himself. As he works quickly, Cool, as the film description states, “embarks on last-ditch attempts to win her back … (for) the biggest role of his life … love.”
Written, produced and directed by African-American director Pete Chatmon, Premium was an independent hit. Among its many accolades, the film was an “Official Selection” for the 2006 American Black Film Festival, the 2006 Newark Black Film Festival and the 2006 Black Harvest Film Festival. It also earned the “Honorary Mention Audience Award” at the 2006 Urbanworld Film Festival.
Premium won the New Visions Award – “Special Jury Prize” in the 2006 Bahamas International Film Festival and was nominated for a 2007 “Best Independent Feature” Black Reel Award of the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film/