XE invites the community to this student-led and organized event, with a screening available on Monday, Apr. 19th and a panel to follow on Friday, Apr. 23rd. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
The Hail Mary is Montana's first film with an all-black led cast that focuses on Darius, a war veteran who moves to Montana to repair the sordid relationship with his son Terrell. The Hail Mary begins with an opening homage to August Wilson and then moves forward into new territory in the exploration of Black lives, eschewing stereotypes and both insisting on and lingering over the complexities of the human experience.
Written and Directed by Nnamdi Kanaga, The Hail Mary stars Ozzie Jones, Sean Michael Harrison, Tinesha Ersland, and Rachel Missie. Nnamdi Kanaga is a Nigerian filmmaker based in Bozeman Montana. As a storyteller, he is particular about making films that amplify underrepresented voices especially the Black/African voice. Born and raised in Lagos Nigeria, he made a paradigm shift to the United States in 2018 to pursue a graduate degree in English and further his filmmaking career. In May of 2019, he made his directorial debut with Talisman.
The film will be available via a private link from 12 pm EST to 9 pm EST on the 19th of April and the follow-up panel will take place on the 23rd of April at 5 pm EST.
The panel, hosted by NYU XE graduate students Lupita Orozco, Ruqaiyah Zarook, and Kelly Lewis, will entail a brief artist's statement from the director, and then a moderated open forum Q&A session on The Hail Mary.
Please RSVP to email@example.com for screening and panel login details.