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Night Catches Us Directed by Tanya Hamilton

Tanya Hamilton, director of “Night Catches Us” is a Washington, DC native and graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I had the pleasure of chatting with her on her new film which beckons a cast of top flight actors including Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie, and Wendell Pierce. The film also introduces the young and talented. To top off this moving and intriguing film, The Roots provides the score.

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs, as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.

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DIRECTOR: Tanya Hamilton
CAST: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce, Amari Cheatom
WRITER: Tanya Hamilton
PRODUCERS: Ron Simons, Sean Costello, Jason Orans