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The Sleeping Negro (2021)

Opens on January 21

Director: Skinner Myers Run Time: 73 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: David Fumero, Julie McNiven, Nican Robinson, Rae Dawn Chong, Skinner Myers, Tunde Adebimpe

Country: United States
Language: English

Join us for a discussion with writer-director Skinner Myers moderated by Sydnee Roberts-Crews, Founder of Black Ohio Film Group, following the screening on Friday, January 21 at 7PM.

“abstract and often surreal, even as its blistering commentary remains firmly rooted in our present reality…a wholly immersive audiovisual experience”

–Mark Hanson for Slant Magazine

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. A young black man, simply identified as “Man”, must overcome rage, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity after being confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, beginning when his white boss orders him to commit fraud to benefit the corporation.

About the filmmaker:

Skinner Myers is an American writer, director and actor who begins his films by exploring philosophical questions about the human condition. His projects include the feature documentary Drinking from the Well and the short films La Tierra del Exodo, Nightmares by the Sea, and Things of Beauty Burn. His 2017 award-winning short film Frank Embree highlighted racial injustice through the final moments of a falsely accused Black man. Myers earned an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and teaches film classes at Loyola Marymount University.

In his very personal narrative feature film debut, The Sleeping Negro, Myers expresses his feelings as a Black man in America through a powerful and radically non-traditional cinematic style.

About the moderator:

Located in Columbus, writer-director Sydnee Crews (she/her) is the founder of Black Ohio Film Group. Her debut short film In Our Bed explores mental health in a new marriage and premiered at Gateway Film Center as part of the Ohio Grown Film series. Her other films include Immunity, focusing on privilege, and Borderline, focusing on mental health.

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