Story by Lil Nickelson and photographs by Rudy Collins
ImageNation is featuring black independent films about black love during the month of May 2017 at its 1,200-sq. ft. Harlem art gallery and special events venue RAW SPACE. Located in Central Harlem at 2301 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. On the evening of Thursday, April 20th, 2017, they had an exclusive showing for media and VIPS of IN THE MORNING followed by cocktails and a conversation with the film’s director Nefertite Nguvu and several cast members.
IN THE MORNING is about a coed group of friends that come together to bid farewell to one of the group’s female members that is leaving for South America in the morning. She’s got a “list” of things she wants to accomplish while she’s young enough to do so; she’s leaving her husband behind to follow her dreams. He’s good with her decision and has already moved on relationship wise. Another female member in the group is struggling not care about her husband’s absence from the farewell gathering or the extra marital relationship she knows he’s carrying on; all men do it she shares with her girlfriend about to leave town. Scenes of him “out on a date” with his chick on the side proved she knows her man. Another couple of friends are at home grappling with a decision of what to do about an unplanned event that could alter their lives forever “during” their failing relationship. Some of concepts in the sophisticated adult drama was just a little too “grown” for me.
In addition to being screened at RAW SPACE, IN THE MORNING is also being screened on Video In Demand on the following platforms: Amazon, Vimeo on Demand, Xfinity Streampix and VHX. Indie filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A. in Film. Nefertite believes “we need to see images that authentically represent the breadth, depth and scope of the lives of people of color. IN THE MORNING presents thoughtful, complex, three-dimensional characters. She hopes that her film will reach diverse audiences especially those that don’t know about black love.”
Prior to the screening of the morning we were entertained by Burnt Sugar Arkestra, also known as Burnt Sugar, an American improvisational band. The band’s music combines the influences of funk, jazz, rock, reggae, soul, hip hop, heavy metal, and 20th century classical music and are on the soundtrack for IN THE MORNING.
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