Baltimore entrepreneurs pay for free screening of "Get Out"

Posted at 8:03 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 20:03:46-04

The movie "Get Out" took the box office by storm in February and quickly became popular, even receiving a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, something only four other films did last year.

It's directed by Jordan Peele, and he's the first black director whose debut film made $100 million in the box office.

Not everyone can afford to see the movie, however, and a few Baltimoreans wanted to give people with lower incomes a chance to watch it.

"Everybody doesn't have the money to go," said Keenan Richardson, a contributor to the free screening. "We actually did this because we wanted to raise the awareness, we wanted people to really see what an African American film director, writer is doing and what he's representing."

The group got the idea from Chance the Rapper, who bought all the tickets for "Get Out" at a theater in Chicago. 

Now these Baltimoreans want to be a role model for the kids in their city.

"It's very important for the youth to see it because we're kind of in the positions where they're going to be soon, in a few of years," Richardson said. "We have college graduates here, young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 really making a change or really making a difference in our communities and in our city. So we're here to be that motivation, that inspiration, and that's what we're here for. We're here for the youth. And that's what it's about. And if we can open their eyes up to as many things as we can, hey, job well done."

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