Directed by Tanya Hamilton
Part of the Territories: Africa series.
December 20, 2012
@African American Museum of Philadelphia
$8 General/ $5 Students
In the summer of ‘76, as President Jimmy Carter pledges to give government back to the people, tensions run high in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood where the Black Panthers once flourished. When Marcus returns—having bolted years earlier—his homecoming isn’t exactly met with fanfare. His former movement brothers blame him for an unspeakable betrayal. Only his best friend’s widow, Patricia, appreciates Marcus’s predicament, which both unites and paralyzes them. As Patricia’s daughter compels the two comrades to confront their past, history repeats itself in dangerous ways. Night Catches Us masterfully reckons with the complexity of its characters’ revolutionary ideologies and internal desires. Bell-bottoms, Afros, potlucks, and Caddies set the scene as the film potently interweaves political media with an evocative soul-inspired score, summoning a vivid sense of place and time. The golden light that bathes characters’ faces seems to express the promise—and elusiveness—of the necessary change Marcus and Patricia struggle for so dearly—each by separate means. —Sundance Film Festival
Speaker: Tanya Hamilton and host Mike D. from Reelblack
Tanya Hamilton: Hamilton’s first project was a short film entitled The Killers, which was released in 1997. This work won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Line Cinema. Her first feature film was Night Catches Us, a portrayal of former Black Panthers reuniting in 1976 Philadelphia. In 2011, Hamilton received a Black Reel Award nomination for best director for this film. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards, four Image Awards, a Gotham Awards, a Chlotrudis Award and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Hamilton is currently a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriter and Filmmaker Lab.
Mike D. In addition to writing, producing and directing. Mike curates and co-hosts (with Monica Peters) a monthly screening series at International House called REELBLACK PRESENTS, which promotes “discoveries and rediscoveries in African-American film. SOUL FOOD CINEMA is a more intimate event tat takes place at the Point of Destination Cafe; FIRST WEEKEND FIELD TRIPS are designed to show financial support to targeted films.