Set on the steamy streets of Philadelphia in the summer of 1976, Night Catches Us tells the story of Marcus (Anthony Mackie), an ex-black panther who returns home to confront his past.  But when he confronts Patricia (Kerry Washington), who has tried to move on from their shared history, sparks ignite. Filled with stellar performances,  Night Catches Us is a unique view into a complex political world and heralds first time director Tanya Hamilton as a major talent.

Director: Tanya Hamilton

Producer: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ron Simons

Cast: Kerry Washington (Ray), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker)

Year: 2010



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Awards & Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival (Premiere)

New Directors/New Films

Seattle Film Festival (WINNER - FIPRESCI Award)

Gotham Awards (NOMINEE - Best Breakthrough Director, Tanya Hamilton)

Independent Spirit Awards (NOMINEE - First Feature Film)

African-American Film Critics Association (WINNER - Best Screenplay (Tanya Hamilton), Top 10 Films of the Year)

Black Reel Awards (WINNER - Outstanding Film, Outstanding Actress (Kerry Washington), Outstanding Actor (Anthony Mackie),  Outstanding Screenplay (Tanya Hamilton), Outstanding Score (The Roots))

NAACP Image Awards (NOMINEE - Best Independent Motion Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Mackie), Best Actress (Kerry Washington), Directing (Tanya Hamilton))

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures (North America)