If you haven’t had a chance to check out filmmaker Lanre Olabisi‘s award-winning drama August The First, here’s your chance!
Released in 2008, the film was a selection at many film festivals including SXSW Film Festival and Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Urban World Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.
The film, which deals with the estrangement of a father and son, stars Ian Alsup, D. Rubin Green, Joy Merriweather, Kerisse Hutchinson and Sean Phillips.
August the First begins as a promising day. Preparations are wrapping up for a college graduation party to celebrate Tunde Ibirinde’s achievement. Friends and family have agreed to reunite on this day in his honor. One guest, however, threatens to upset the day’s festivities.
Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long-estranged father, Dipo, from Nigeria. Dipo’s return resurrects unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde’s graduation party. As the day turns to night, the fallout begins. Old wounds are reopened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deceptions and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced.
Olabisi recently had his latest film project, Highway To Nowhere, accepted into the IFP’s 2011 Project Forum.