Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to filmmaker Tanya Hamilton’s debut feature “Night Catches Us,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector and Wendell Pierce, the film is a SimonSays Entertainment and Gigantic Pictures Production.
Set in Philadelphia during the summer of 1976, “Night” follows Marcus (Mackie), an ex-Black Panther who returns home to confront his past. But when his path crosses Patricia (Washington) who has tried to move on from their shared history, sparks fly.
“‘Night Catches Us’ is a smart, powerful drama with a terrific cast that takes a fresh look at an underexplored and exciting chapter in our cultural history,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “We think it’s going to strongly resonate with audiences.”
Since Sundance, “Night” has screened at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films. Magnolia plans a fall release for the film, which will continue to play the festival circuit, including the Maryland Film Festival, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn with the Film Sales Company’s president Andrew Herwitz.