Writer Tanya Hamilton knew she wanted to write a film that was "doggedly African-American," and in 1999 began crafting the movie Night Catches Us. While I haven't seen it just yet, caught up in the flurry of holiday
stress cheer, I do plan to check it out as a fan of the work of Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington who star in this film. I also am thrilled to hear that The Roots are responsible for the soundtrack (Black Thought has a small role in the film as well). With that news, I'll be expecting stellar music to accompany the flick that focuses on a love story between a man and woman who were heavily involved in the Black Panther Party before his imprisonment. With The Roots' history of penning and performing explosive music that ruminates on Black culture and politics in our society, there isn't a more relevant popular act today that could have been chosen in their place. The film, an entrant in the Sundance Music Festival opened in limited release last week in theaters across the country. Going to see it is on my wish list, will you be checking for it, too?