Indie filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu, announced that her award-winning feature film, In The Morning will be released on Video on Demand on the following platforms: Amazon, Vimeo on Demand, Xfinity Streampix and VHX. In The Morning revolves around the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of interconnected New Yorkers over the course of one day. The sophisticated adult drama has both the humor and intensity reminiscent of early Spike Lee and Woody Allen films, yet marks the arrival of a bold new voice in filmmaking.
“I made In The Morning with the hope that it would reach diverse audiences. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to connect our film directly with a much wider viewership with our release on Video on Demand,” says Nguvu. “Now, more than ever, we need to see images that authentically represent the breadth, depth, and scope of the lives of people of color. In The Morning illuminates an underrepresented facet of African American life and presents thoughtful, complex, three-dimensional characters. Above all else, I want to help expand the lens through which we see ourselves. I am excited to be able to have the opportunity to do so and to share our film worldwide.”
Photographed by award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa (Daughters Of The Dust, Crooklyn), and color timed by Malik Sayeed (Belly), the film’s ensemble cast consists of emerging talent: Jacky Ido (The Catch) Emayatzy Corinealdi (Addicted, Middle of Nowhere), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Kim Hill (soul singer, original lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas), De’adre Aziza (The Breaks) Hoji Fortuna (Viva Riva) JoNell KENNEDY (Me And You And Everyone We Know) and newcomers Alzo Slade and CJ Lindsey.
In The Morning debuted at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York City and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. After a string of successful film festival screenings across the country and in Paris, France, the film also won the award for Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival in Italy, Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta.
In addition to its Video On Demand release, In the Morning will be screened at theaters nationwide Spring 2017. For the full screening schedule, please visit http://inthemorning-thefilm.com/screenings.
Nguvu is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for outstanding screenplay. Nefertite has written, produced and directed two short films: a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled “I Want You,” and “The End of Winter,” an emotional meditation on loss, both of which screened at numerous film festivals. Amongst other web-based programming, Nguvu also directed a ten-part web series featuring Queen Latifah for CoverGirl and Flavor Unit Entertainment entitled ‘U.N.I.T.Y. Re-ignighted’, ‘Love Star’ a mini music documentary, as well as an eight-part web series entitled ‘Black America Again’ featuring Academy Award winning musician/actor Common for Universal Music and Freedom Road Productions.
Check out the trailer for In The Morning HERE!