Regina King made history this week when she premiered her feature directorial debut One Night in Miami at Italy’s Venice Film Festival. She’s the first Black woman to direct a selected film in its 87-year existence. She felt a lot of pressure, too, noting the response could open doors or close doors for others to follow in her footsteps. Via Variety:
Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot. I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well. There’s so much talent out there — so many talented directors — so if ‘One Night in Miami’ gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us.
One Night in Miami is adapted from the Kemp Powers play about the 1964 Miami meeting of boxer Muhammad Ali, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and NFL fullback Jim Brown.
Here’s a first look from Amazon Prime:
Congratulations to Regina!
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