by Punchin' Pat Nwamu
They’re Just My Friends revolves around the life and times of Pat Black, cruiserweight boxing champion Patrick Nwamu, in a smashing star performance. A boxer, Punchin’ Pat, the New York City Kid, is a product of the mean streets of the Bronx. After the death of his father, Pat attempts to find a sense of community in all the wrong places, aligning himself with local Italian-American gangsters. While training to turn pro, Pat begins a romance with neighborhood girl Gina (Rue Debona), which inflames the racist Howard Beach neighborhood street gang, the Guido Boys. It isn’t until Pat lands in jail that he finally realizes the mistakes he’s made. Fortunately Pat’s physical talents and the connections he’s made on the outside — including father figure and member of the Lodge, Mr. Frank Gibbs (Bruce Altman) — deliver him from prison and give him the chance to reevaluate his life.
A gritty urban drama costarring The Last Dragon’s Taimak, WWE Champion Al Snow, Oz’s Lord Jamar, noted character actor Bruce Altman (Running Scared, Matchstick Men), New York Undercover’s Malik Yoba, and soap stars from One Life to Live, Michael Easton and Thom Christopher. The movie also stars former Soprano’s cast members John Bianco and Johnny Chacha. They’re Just My Friends was filmed on location throughout the five boroughs in New York City institutions from Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn to the Queens Correctional Facility. They’re Just My Friends will be distributed by Punchin’ Pat Productions in 2007.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prior to turning professional in 2000, Nwamu’s illustrious amateur boxing career saw him twice named the USA State/Golden Gloves Olympic Style Heavyweight Boxing Champion in New York and Georgia, 1998-2000, and the USA Metro Boxing Team Captain of the N.E. American Champions, 1999. He then went on to become 2006’s International Boxing Association’s (IBA) Super Cruiser Weight Champion of the World.
As a performer, Nwamu has appeared in such films as Spike Lee’s Malcolm X with Denzel Washington, Reginald Hudlin’s Boomerang with Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry, and director Joe Roth’s Streets of Gold. Nwamu has also appeared in nationally aired broadcast commercials for such nationally renowned products and services as Met Life, Coors, HBO, and Cinemax, as well as Shakira’s video “Illegal.”
Patrick Nwamu is a member of the Free Masons and is involved in many different charitable functions for women and kids. Nwamu is also a passionate motorcycle enthusiast, an interest accounted for in They’re Just My Friends, Nwamu’s debut film as writer, executive producer, and leading man.
(2008, paperback, 158 pages)
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