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Director of the recently released film “Beyond The Lights,” Gina Prince-Bythewood penned an open letter to encourage movie goers to support her critically acclaimed love story. The film opened on November 14th and has grossed a disappointing $13 million as of December 3rd; the production budget was $7 million. “Beyond The Lights” stars Nate Parker as a police officer who falls for a pop-star played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw after he prevents her from committing suicide.

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In the letter, Bythewood shares the difficulties she faced trying to make her first feature film “Love & Basketball” (which she wrote and directed) as inspiration for her relentless pursuit to make “Beyond The Lights,” admitting that in both instances no studios initially wanted to make the film. “Love & Basketball” went on to become a cult classic in the African-American community and Bythewood was obviously hoping to…

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