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Night Catches Us


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Night Catches Us

Tanya Hamilton, 2010

21st-Century Independents

After a period of creative dormancy, the once-vital American independent cinema has experienced a resurgence in the past decade. Even though the budgets might be small-to-nonexistent and the names unfamiliar (for now), exciting new artists from all corners of this country have found innovative ways to tell stories we haven’t heard yet and introduce us to people that we’ve never seen on screen before. This series, organized by Associate Curator Chris Stults, offers the Columbus theatrical premieres of some of the best new and recent truly independent films.

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Thu, Mar 3, 2011 7 PM

"Mesmerizing! Tanya Hamilton's first feature is something to cherish. Remember her name. She's a genuine find."—Rolling Stone

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Panther movement. Although his reappearance is greeted with suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from an old friend (Kerry Washington, Ray) and her daughter. Old secrets slowly emerge as the members of this community come to terms with their revolutionary past and try to figure out a path forward.

Writer-director Tanya Hamilton worked for ten years to bring this story to the screen. The result is one of the most distinct, vivid, and complex portraits of black communities seen on film in many years. Featuring a propulsive score by the legendary Philly group The Roots. (88 mins., 35mm)

Night Catches Us