When it comes to love, sometimes we rush head first into a danger zone. Then, there are times where we allow our hearts to lead and await our chances on true romance.
For a group of friends traversing life in Brooklyn, NY, love is all of the above and everything in between. Their choices and stories are explored in In The Morning – a feature debut from independent filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu.
Shot over the course of eight days, In The Morning navigates the “emotional landscape of contemporary black life in a way rarely seen in modern cinema,”as stated in a release sent to EBONY.
Starring Jack Ido, Emayatzy Corinealdi, JoNell Kennedy, De’Adre Aziza, Kim Hill, Numa Perrier, Hoji Fortuna, C.J. Lindsey and Alzo Slade, the adult drama fuses humor with intensity and likens itself to earlier Spike Lee Joints and Woody Allen flicks.
“I made this film with the hope that it would reach diverse audiences – including those who might not attend film festivals,” Nefertite Nguvu says. “Our film doesn’t fit within the narrow lens in which most films about Black lives are viewed and given our current socio-political climate, I know that expanding our narrative and telling our stories matters tremendously.”
The film had a success festival run in Rome, Paris and South Africa. Now, it’s expanding its viewership via a partnership with Image Nation Cinema Organization. The platform will host an exclusive screening of the feature on April 20 in New York City. In The Morning will also have a limited run in the Big Apple, and is currently available on the following Video on Demand platforms: Amazon, Vimeo on Demand, Xfinity Streampix and VHX. Screenings will also take place in Chicago, L.A., Philly, Atlanta and Newark, N.J. More information can be found, here.
Watch the trailer below.
Another film working the festival circuit to complementary reviews is Jerico, from first time filmmakers and married duo, Seckeita & Brandon Lewis of Lewis Taylor Production.
The indie film is a dramedy that “follows the story of best friends who set out on the morning of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with aspirations to capture the newly available Paper Press Manager promotion. But when their car breaks down, all hell breaks loose. With the dangers and biases of an unrelenting Jim Crow south along with a menacing lynch mob in hot pursuit, a simple trip to work because an outright fight for survival,” according to a release sent to EBONY.
Starring Ms. Irma P. Hall, Award-winning Director Gregg Daniel (HBO’s True Blood & 2016 NAACP Image Theater), JoMarie Payton, George Wallace and Numa Perrier, the film has racked up 13 festival awards, including five “Best Film” awards and two for “Best New Director” at the Women’s International Film Festival, among others.
Get a clip tease of the film below.
Keep up with the film, here.