After a couple documentaries in a row, Friends of Film Friday is back with a powerful narrative feature—Night Catches Us. Check the trailer. It’s about a former Black Panther returning to his ancestral digs in 1970s Philadelphia. Hard to believe this is the feature debut from director Tanya Hamilton (left), it feels like it’s by a seasoned filmmaker. “I wanted to make a movie that was really doggedly African American, and by that I mean, I think that that whole kind of black power era is—it’s just about black people,” says Hamilton about her film.
The main character Marcus is played by Anthony Mackie, who shone in The Hurt Locker, and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, in his review of the film, calls him “one of the most consistently interesting and surprising movie actors around: watchful, reserved and unassumingly magnetic.” Read the full (glowing) review.
This one isn’t gonna play at the mainstream theaters. Jan 14 is your only shot to see it on the big screen in Honolulu. Doors open at 6pm, Da Spot selling dinner, screening starts at 7:30pm.
Doris Duke Theatre. The Doris.