Another highlight from the upcoming New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival (which runs from February 17th through the 20th at BAM Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY) is a searing drama titled The Tested, a film we’ve covered quite a bit here on S&A over the last couple of years.
Based on an award-winning 2005 short film of the same name by Russell Costanzo, The Tested can be summarized as the long term ramifications of a single tragic event. A New York City cop accidentally kills an unarmed African American teenager (certainly topical); the film’s plot then picks up a year after the incident, as we follow the lives of 3 people linked to the incident (the cop, the victim’s mother, and the victim’s brother), and the different paths each take, ultimately leading all 3 of them back to one another, and eventual redemption.
The film stars Aunjanue Ellis, Armando Riesco, and Michael Morris Jr.
It’ll screen at the New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival twice: Friday Feb 17 at 6:50pm & Sunday February 19 at 2pm.
A Q&A with director Costanzo and actors Aunjanue Ellis, Armando Riesco & Michael Morris will follow the Friday screening, so you should be there!
First watch a newly-released clip from the film below; and underneath you’ll find a video with director Costanzo talking about his background, developing the film, and what you can expect from it.
Head over to BAM’s website for more info on the upcoming film festival, including how you can purchase tickets: