July 29

Theatrical Release Dates! The Award Winning & Moving Documentary UNAPOLOGETIC – Directed by Ashley O’Shay –Aug 20 – Chicago ; Aug 27 – Toronto&NYC ; Sep 3 – LA; Nationwide Release

A Film by Ashley O’Shay
Produced by Morgan Elise Johnson Ashley O’Shay
Executive Produced by Yvonne Welbon, Gordon Quinn, and Jolene Pinder

“This is Black history that we are making! Even if we don’t, our stories gon’ make it!”

***UNAPOLOGETIC Trailer***

***Exclusive Clip from the Film***

Opening August 20th – Chicago

Gene Siskel Center in Chicago

Opening August 27th – New York City

Cinema Village in New York City
Maysles Documentary Center in New York City

 Opening August 27th – Toronto

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto

Opening September 3rd – Los Angeles

Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica

***Nationwide Release- Both Virtual and In Person Cinemas to Follow***


About the film UNAPOLOGETIC 
Meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, UNAPOLOGETIC provides an inside look into the ongoing movement work that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

About Director Ashley O’Shay
Ashley O’Shay (Director/Producer) is a director-DP based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. She has collaborated with a number of national brands, including Nike, Vox, Wilson Tennis, and Dr. Martens. Most recently, she filmed an international commercial spot for Wilson Tennis, with over 1M views in digital markets. In 2020, she captured the final episode of Dr. Martens’ “Tough As You” series, starring the band Phony Ppl, accruing over 65K views on social and web. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. Although she has crafted many short films, Unapologetic is her first venture into the feature world. The film premiered at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the International Documentary Association Awards.

***Director ASHLEY O’SHAY and subjects JANAÉ BONSU / BELLA BAHHS are available for interviews***

Year 2020 | Country USA | Runtime 86 mins


2020 Blackstar Film Festival (World Premiere)
2020 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Fest (International Premiere)
2020 American Black Film Festival
2020 Black Harvest Film Festival
2020 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
2020 CinemAfrica Film Festival
2020 Cucalorus Film Festival
2020 DOC NYC
2020 DocYard Film Series
2020 Frameline44
2020 Heartland Film Festival
2020 image+nation, Montreal LGBTQ Film Festival – WINNER: Jury Prize
2020 Indie Memphis Film Festival
2020 Melanin Pride Festival
2020 Montclair Film Festival
2020 Milwaukee Film Festival
2020 New Orleans Film Festival
2020 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
2020 St. Louis International Film Festival
2020 Unorthodocs
2021 Athena Film Festival – WINNER: Breakthrough Award
2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2021 Cleveland International Film Festival – WINNER: Groundbreaker Award
2021 Denton Black Film Festival
2021 Frauen Film Festival, Germany
2021 Hayti Heritage Film Festival
2021 Honolulu African-American Film Festival
2021 London Human Rights Watch Film Festival
2021 NYC Human Rights Watch Film Festival
2021 OUTShine Film Festival
2021 Outfest Fusion Film Festival
2021 TIFF Next Wave Film Festival
2021 Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
2021 Vermont International Split/Screen Series         

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We would like to thank DAVID MAGDAEL & ASSOCIATES for the press release.