*(Via BlackFilmAndTV.com ) – When the pandemic hit back in March and theaters nationwide and internationally started to shut down, streaming platforms and VOD became the home for a boatload of films, namely independent films.
Most of the big budgeted studio films have been shifted to 2021 in the hopes that a vaccine would come in time for theaters to be open at 50% capacity. It’s October now and while some theaters are open, with the exception of New York City and California, not enough folks are flocking to see films at a big screen with cushy seats and popcorn.
With Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock and HBO Max to name a few, a great deal of films have found homes for filmmakers and talent to be discovered and and some careers reignited.
With the deadline for films to be Oscar contenders moving from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28, and with films debuting on streaming platforms or VOD included in these rules, a lot of films have better chances than ever before.
Below is a list of at least 50 films, from October to February 2021, that have already premiered or will be coming out in various platforms that are produced, directed by or featuring Black talent in prominent roles. Some are Oscar caliber and some are not. Some are from studios and some are from festivals that are in the hopes to be picked up and release within this time frame.
The Devil To Pay
Release Date: October 2, 2020
Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures
Director: Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye
Starring: Danielle Deadwyler, Catherine Dyer, Jayson Warner Smith, Brad Carter, Luce Rains, Adam Boyer, Charles Black, Parisa Johnston, Tim Habeger, and Ezra Haslam
After the disappearance of her husband, Lemon, a struggling farmer in an isolated Appalachian community, must repay her husband’s debt to the oldest family on the mountain and their murderous biscuit-making matriarch in order to save her young son’s life. Armed with only her wits and tenacity, Lemon must unravel the mysteries her husband left behind or lose everything she’s ever loved.
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Studio: Amazon Prime
Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.
Screenwriters: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. and Stephen Herman
Starring: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Tosin Morohunfola, Charmaine Bingwa
After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is
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