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Shatara Michelle Ford + James Gray

Mar 2, 2021

Join us for a live discussion between directors Shatara Michelle Ford (TEST PATTERN) and James Gray (AD ASTRA, THE IMMIGRANT). Among Ford’s early work was as an assistant on Gray’s film THE LOST CITY OF Z.

About TEST PATTERN: Debut writer-director Shatara Michelle Ford has crafted a gripping narrative centered on the perspective of Renesha (the remarkable Brittany S. Hall), a successful Black woman who works at a nonprofit and lives with her white artist boyfriend in Texas. Using a hazy, muted color palette to capture Renesha’s emotions and experiences, Ford dives deep into the dynamics of sex and power in contemporary society, revealing how effortlessly a man can violate a woman’s body. Test Pattern is a meticulously visualized and powerfully conceived exploration of the effects of systemic, patriarchal injustice. Winner of Lionsgate/STARZ Producer Award at the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival. TEST PATTERN is Kino Lorber release.

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Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.