Robert Townsend Announces New Documentary On The Making Of ‘The Five Heartbeats’!

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Comedian, writer, director, and producer Robert Townsend announced today via social media that he’s debuting his latest project, which we discovered is a documentary of the making of one of his hit films, The Five Heartbeats.

The film, which was directed by Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans, and written by  Townsend, starred Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix, Diahann Carroll, and many more. The film quite simply is the story of the rise and fall of a group trying to make it in the R&B industry in the 50’s and 60’s. Ater watching a ton of TV One’s Unsung, this film parallels many groups and their fate in the industry.

Anyway, check out the post that Townsend made on social media below;

Finally! I have been working on this documentary off and on for 10 years! People of always asked me about a sequel to THE FIVE HEARTBEATS and I could never figure it out. But after being stopped so many times in the airports and people asking for a sequel for the movie. I decided to do this documentary to give real fans of the film a glimpse into my creative process and everything that it took to make this movie. The good,the bad and the ugly,it’s my personal journey seen like never before, telling my story as a young filmmaker, making my second movie,on a mission to create a new image of black men.It includes interviews with the Cast and the co-writer of the film Keenen Ivory Wayans . It will have its world premiere on August 27 one night only as a Fathom Event an arm of the AMC movie theaters.So if you’re a fan of the film and have seen it more than once,this is the documentary for you! Get your tickets now at and see it on the big screen August 27 one night only! And as we say in THE FIVE HEARTBEATS“I got nothing but love for you baby“
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