Growing Up Yoopers, the documentary that explores growing up and learning to love and appreciate black culture, is now available on DVD, with the release of its first trailer set to happen in March.
It’s being produced by film-maker and actor John Lydon, and stars a range of actors, including actor Ben Kingsley, comedian Will Forte, actor Michael Kelly, rapper Lil B, singer-songwriter Lil Jon and actor/comedian Chris Pratt.
A trailer was released earlier this year and was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
It was also screened at Sundance last year, with one of the first lines spoken by the star-studded crowd being “Growing up Yooper” by Will Fortes, followed by the line “Growing Up, we got you, we grew you, baby” by Michael Kelly.
“Growing old is very difficult, but it’s also very rewarding,” said Kingsley in a statement.
“You know, growing up is about embracing who you are, growing away from the expectations that you’ve been taught, growing out of your own problems, and growing in a new way, but at the same time, you know, just respecting your elders and your elders’ opinions.”
“Growing Old” follows the same format as the previous films, with Kingsley taking on a character, the Black-Mum, and a couple of other black family members.
The main character, played by Will, is an awkward, self-absorbed teenager who can’t figure out how to deal with his parents’ rejection of him.
“I don’t know if I can do this anymore,” he said.
“But I’m going to keep trying, I’ll keep trying until I’m ready to give up.
I think I’ve grown up a lot, man.”
Kingsley was raised by his maternal grandparents in a house built in the 1920s and 1930s, and has never felt excluded from their culture.
“He’s grown up, grown up into this young man, and he’s still not comfortable with it,” Kingsley told Variety.
“His parents are black, he’s raised them and he still hasn’t come to terms with it.”
Growing Up Young is being produced with a $100,000 grant from the US Government and is being directed by Michael J. Pollock, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in “Growing Pains”.
Kingsley says that he’s been impressed with Pollock’s ability to capture the essence of growing up.
“There are parts of me that grew up in the 1970s, I remember being very black, and that is part of me, I still feel like I am, but I’m not like that now,” Kings, who also plays the role of the father in the film, told Variety in an interview.
I don’t want to be black anymore, I want to love this culture. “
What you grew up with, you’ve got to respect that.
I don’t want to be black anymore, I want to love this culture.
“So I think, you’re going to see a lot more from him. “
And if you look back on the last 10 years of my life, I’m just glad to be here.” “
So I think, you’re going to see a lot more from him.
And if you look back on the last 10 years of my life, I’m just glad to be here.”
Kings is also a big fan of his former partner, actress Rosamund Pike.
“Rosamund is the mother of my child and she’s been a huge inspiration to me,” he told Variety, “and she’s got so much to give to this film.”
“She’s a beautiful woman, she’s a really great actress and she has so much love for this country.
I hope that she’s with us.”
Watch the trailer for Growing Up Baby: Growing Up Growing Up.
You can also watch the film on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the BBC.
“Coming into the film is a real challenge for me because I’m still a kid,” Kings said.
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