We’ve heard of love in the time of war, but sometimes war supercedes the time that is necessary for creating love. But not through the eyes of Tanya Hamilton.
Hamilton’s debut feature film Night Catches Us, is an urban tale centered on the love of Marcus Washington (Anthony Mackie), a former Black Panther turned drifter, and Patricia Wilson (Kerry Washington), the whisper of a love that he’d left behind when he fled Philadelphia. Washington finds himself returning home to the grounds where his political journey began. Yet time has given him new eyes and no longer does he agree with the direction his comrades have taken their mission. As his love for the movement fades, his heart begins to collect those lost shadows, bringing to him an unrequited desire to meld the haze of yesterday with a love that’s here and now.
Night Catches Us, premiered on the third night of The First Annual Twin Cities Film Festival. Hamilton was also presented with a “Distinction in Filmmaking” award by Minnesota Women In Film & Television, an organization which also assisted Hamilton in finding some of the resources necessary to explore her vision within the canvas of filmmaking.