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Virtual: TEST PATTERN

  • Dir. Shatara Michelle Ford
  • USA
  • 2021
  • 82 min.
  • NR
Virtual: TEST PATTERN
PRICE*: $10 ($8 members) | VIEWING WINDOW: 3 days
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Mon, Feb 22, 7:00pm CST: Watch a live Q&A with TEST PATTERN writer/director Shatara Michelle Ford and stars Brittany S. Hall and Will Brill, moderated by Ira Madison III. (Hosted by the Coolidge Corner Theatre)

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.

Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.

"A film poised to become one of the year’s must-see indie gems… Shatara Michelle Ford’s feature directorial debut, offers a searing and smart examination of some of the most topical issues in contemporary culture." —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 gripping movie with first-rate performances…. An eyeopener.” Sarah Fenske, St. Louis Public Radio

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