The Blackening
US Premiere

The Blackening

Spotlight Narrative
Feature | United States | 96 MINUTES | English
Horror, Comedy, Expressions of Black Freedom

Seven Black friends reunite at a cabin in the woods to celebrate Juneteenth. They ignite in friendly banter as they arrive, referencing old jokes like they just saw each other yesterday. But as night falls, things begin to go awry in the picturesque cabin. Lights go out and a masked archer stalks them from outside. Once they’re trapped in a room, the group must play the ultimate game: figure out who among them is the Blackest — or else they all die. So, who exactly is the Blackest of them all? And who will make it through the night?

Based on the viral and acclaimed digital short, this uproarious horror comedy pits its hilarious ensemble cast against elements both cultural and brutalistic. More subtly, the film dually unpacks and adds to our contemporary understanding of American Blackness and the individual biases people hold, whether in spite of or in line with their friends and family.––Casey Baron

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Tim Story
Peter S. Elliot
Todd A. Dos Reis
Tim Story
Tim Story, Tracy Oliver, E. Brian Dobbins, Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett
Tracy Oliver & Dewayne Perkins
Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, with Jay Pharoah, and Yvonne Orji

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