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Solange & More Turn Out for QUEEN & SLIM Screenings Coast to Coast!

Solange & More Turn Out for QUEEN & SLIM Screenings Coast to Coast!

‘QUEEN & SLIM’ filmmakers Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas took their first feature film coast-to-coast this week. The first stop was The Creative Collective’s CultureCon in Brooklyn. On Thursday, Oct. 10,  The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle hosted a screening Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Rose Cinemas.

On Friday, they took the film west to The Underground Museum, a cultural gem in Los Angeles for a star-studded screening with Black Hollywood. Solange hosted the screening and ended with a Q&A with The Treatment’s Elvis Mitchell.

(L to R) writer Lena Waithe, Kid Fury, Melina Matsoukas and Crissle at BAM Rose Cinemas. (Photo by T.K. Atakora/ Universal)







While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Joining a legacy of films such Set It Off and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.

The feature-film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (executive producer/director of HBO’s Insecure) stars Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya as “Slim” and rising star Jodie Turner-Smith (Syfy’s Nightflyers), as “Queen.” Waithe wrote the screenplay from a story by herself and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina).

The film is produced by Frey, Waithe, Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy. The executive producers are Pamela Hirsch, Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

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