Shooting on 35mm black-and-white stock, cinematographer Eric Branco employed some creative techniques to bring this shimmering comedy to life.
“The play rang a little inauthentic,” says an older white producer to an up-and-coming black playwright. “I asked myself, ‘Did a black person really write this?” (It’s a chamber piece about a black family reckoning with a gentrifying Harlem.) To “grab the core audience,” the producer suggests she write white people—the gentrifiers—into the play. He casually adds that he’s still looking for someone to pen his Harriet Tubman musical.