The movie is the first to be directed by Stefon Bristol, Lee's protege from New York University's Graduate Film program. The time-traveling adventure incorporated the Black Lives Matter Movement and stars Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow and Brain "Stro" Bradley.
It was co-written by Bristol and Fredrica Bailey and is based on their short film of the same name. The director thought up the film for his graduate thesis in 2014, the same year that Mike Brown, a Ferguson, Missouri teen was gunned down by police. According to ComingSoon.net, the streaming giant acquired the rights to See You Yesterday in December 2018.
The film synopsis reads, "High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. (Duncan-Smith) and Sebastian (Crichlow) spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin (Bradley) dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin."
See You Yesterday will air on Netflix beginning May 17.