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Rustin (2023)

Opens on November 3

Director: George C. Wolfe Run Time: 106 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023

Starring: Aml Ameen, CCH Pounder, Chris Rock, Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection, 2023 Toronto Film Festival

Colman Domingo received multiple nominations for his performance as Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin, including nominations at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

The architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin is one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority and never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. While he dedicated his life to the quest for racial equality, human rights, and worldwide democracy, Rustin—an openly gay Black man—has been all but erased from the civil rights movement he helped build.

Directed by DGA Award and five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin (2023) shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom.

About the filmmaker:

George C. Wolfe is an American playwright and director of theater and film. He won a Tony Award in 1993 for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony Award in 1996 for his direction of the musical Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk. Wolfe is now considered one of Broadway’s most respected producers and directors.

Wolfe has worked in television and film infrequently but successfully, directing the TV movie Lackawanna Blues (2005), romance Nights in Rodanthe (2008), tearjerker You’re Not You (2013), the Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), and the universally acclaimed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)Wolfe also acted in a small role in the hit comedy The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and as himself in Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It in 2019. His 2023 return to film direction, Rustin (2023) premiered at the Telluride Film Festival.

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