Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford
Writer Shatara Michelle Ford
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.
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“A gripping movie with first-rate performances… an eyeopener.”
“Shatara Michelle Ford has an assured, unique visual storytelling style.”
“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.”
“A slow burn movie done right… with brilliant performances by Hall and Brill.”
Winner: Lionsgate/STARZ Producer Award – BlackStar Film Festival
Winner: Jury Award – New Orleans Film Festival
Official Selection: Mill Valley Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, St. Louis Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival
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