Test Pattern - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 28 to Mar 31

Shatara Michelle Ford - 2021 - 82m

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Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. TEST PATTERN follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view.

“A searing, yet nuanced, interrogation of the racism and sexism baked into our society at every level... Strikingly punctuates the detachment of realist drama with the expressionism of psychological horror.” – William Repass, Slant Magazine

“Intelligent and engrossing… [a] quietly momentous first feature.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Transposes the discourse around the #MeToo movement from whiteness to a Black female lens. In line with last year’s documentary ‘On the Record’ or the series ‘I May Destroy You,’ it’s part of an indispensable breakthrough in media.” – Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

“Signals an absolute powerhouse talent…  feels like a revelation.” – Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly

“Ford demands that we work to believe this Black woman’s experiences, whether they’re explicit or not.” – Selome Hailu, Austin Chronicle

"Ford has unfurled a story — and a burgeoning career — worth considering long after. A must-see gem. One of the year’s first true discoveries" – Kate Erbland, Indiewire

“Test Pattern offers a fresh way of examining sexual assault and its aftermath on screen, one that feels just as emblematic of its moment as Thelma & Louise.” – Soraya Nadia McDonald, Film Comment

“A slow burn movie done right… with brilliant performances by Hall and Brill.” – Cal Gesner, Film Snob Reviews

“A gripping movie with first-rate performances… an eyeopener.”  – Sarah Fenske, St. Louis Public Radio

“Shatara Michelle Ford has an assured, unique visual storytelling style.” – Jason Green, The Arts STL

"Gripping and powerful." – Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks

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