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“Black Ice: The Rhythm” (2024), starring Arthur Cartwright and Jaclene Wilks is a well-done, family focused inspirational project

“Black Ice: The Rhythm” (2024), starring Arthur Cartwright and Jaclene Wilks is a well-done, family focused inspirational project that depicts the historical struggles of Black hockey players.


Arthur Cartwright (Gran Torino, 2008) shines bright in the lead role of Robert (Buck) Taylor, a very gifted young hockey player that must put his dreams on hold after an unfortunate incident that results in his imprisonment. The story follows Robert, out on parole and tasked with coaching a young hockey team at an inner-city Detroit ice rink/recreational center. The center is in financial trouble and will be shut down if Robert and the building manager Olivia, played by Jaclene Wilks, don’t figure out a way to save this jewel in the community.


Written, directed and funded by Detroit TV/radio advertisement producer and radio host Gerald McBride, “Black Ice: The Rhythm” gives real insight into Black hockey player’s never-ending struggles and involvement in the world of hockey. The film pays homage to the legacy of The Black hockey league formed in 1895 in Nova Scotia. There is rich history here that should no longer be ignored.


This film is beautifully shot by none other than Mr. Hugh H. Hatten, Director of Photography. The audience is given great action sequences on the ice, depicting the harsh reality and rough nature of this sport. I really love all of the different shots captured around the city of Detroit, very well done.

I applaud the Writer/Director, Cast and Crew for a great job here!


You can see "Black Ice: The Rhythm" (2024) at Imagine Theaters May 31st thru June 6th at two locations:




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