Lee Daniels Presents Prince of Broadway Directed by Sean Baker, 2011
It’s a Hard Knock-Off Life
PRINCE OF BROADWAY is the story of Lucky (Prince Adu) and Levon (Karren Karagulian), two men whose lives converge in the underbelly of New York’s wholesale fashion district. Lucky, an illegal immigrant from Ghana, makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-off brand merchandise. Levon, an Armenian-Lebanese immigrant, operates an illegal storefront with a concealed back room where counterfeit goods are showcased to interested shoppers. Lucky’s world is suddenly turned upside down when a child is thrust into his life by a woman who insists the toddler is his son. While Lucky copes with his new domestic dilemma, Levon struggles to save a marriage that is falling apart. The seedy side of the wholesale district is revealed through a journey that continually confronts the interplay between what is fake and what is real.
Set in the shadow of the Flatiron building and soaked in the colorful bustle of Broadway, the film is as much a brutal drama as it is a tender comedy, revealing the lives of immigrants in America seeking ideals of family and love, while creating their own knock-off of the American Dream.
Behind-the-scenes featurette: Meet the Hustlers; Audio Commentaries with Director Sean Baker, Producer Darren Dean, and Stars Karren Karagulian and Victoria Tate
Nominatee, John Cassavetes Award, Independent Spirit Awards
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Los Angeles Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Mention, Locarno
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Woodstock Film Festival