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October 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:35 pm$10
Directed by: Carlos López Estrada
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Ethan Embry
Comedy/Drama | 14A for coarse language, disturbing content, graphic violence | 95 min. | USA
Sunday, October 14 – 7:00 pm, Uptown Theatre
Saturday, October 20 – 7:15 pm, Uptown Theatre
“Racism, gentrification, police brutality, start-up culture, corporate branding, social media, the justice system… Blindspotting is eager to take them all on with style and wit, and it succeeds more often than not.” – Barry Hertz, GLOBE AND MAIL
“The result is a powerful film that the viewer will carry with them long after the credits roll, and a staunch reminder of how much conscious work we must all do to overcome the implicit bias of our surroundings.” – Brian Thompson, FILM THREAT
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humour, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
4 WINS, 2 NOMINATIONS:
Won – Festival Director’s Award, U.S. Narrative, Cinetopia Film Festival, 2018
Won – Critics Award, Deauville Film Festival, 2018
Won – Best Original Song – “Talk to Me”, Nashville Film Festival, 2018
Won – Director’s to Watch, Carlos López Estrada, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2018
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 2018