January 26, 2010 |
Writer-director Tanya Hamilton is interested in the way you can find yourself in a mess and then spend a lifetime working your way out. That is the hand she has dealt Marcus, "The Hurt Locker's" Anthony Mackie, in "Night Catches Us," her first feature film, which is now generating buyer interest after Sundance audiences embraced it over the weekend. Set in Philadelphia circa 1976, Marcus has come home for his father's funeral. As things unfold we learn he came of age during the Black Panther movement and essentially, he's returning home a marked man finally ready to face his past.