The Color of Conversation Film Festival – Passing


Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall



Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, PASSING tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and PASSING becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.

In 2002, Run&Shoot Filmworks launched the Academy Award-accredited Martha’s Vineyard African American Festival (MVAAFF.)

Now in its 20th year, the festival provides a nurturing environment for African American filmmakers and audiences in the historic summertime vacation destination.

Co-presented by Run&Shoot Filmworks and Newman Center Presents.

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This program is made possible in part by:

The Denver PostPorter Adventist Hospital Centura HealthNational Endowment for the Arts