Premature

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    Premature

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    89 min

    • English

    Drama

    Ayanna is making the most out of her last summer in Harlem before heading to college. She’s bold, confident, and not really looking for love—until she meets the slightly older Isaiah. After one of those rare first dates that lasts for hours, she knows there’s something different about him. Ayanna has found herself at an intimidating crossroads: one foot is still under her mother’s roof, while the the other is primed to step out on her own with Isaiah.
    Rashaad Ernesto Green captures youthful, uninhibited conviction through Ayanna’s world in flux: transitional outbursts at home with her mother, deep and sensuous encounters of intimacy with Isaiah, and moments of unfiltered honesty with her girlfriends. Co-writer and breakout-lead Zora Howard brings complexity to Ayanna, a young woman balancing vulnerability and self-sufficiency. The result is an outspoken portrait of a young woman in transition, anchored by the relationships that shape us, the friendships that bolster and push us, and the love that has the power to change everything.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Zora Howard
    Joshua Boone
    Michelle Wilson
    Alexis Marie Wint
    Imani Lewis
    Tashiana Washington
    Screenplay
    Rashaad Ernesto Green
    Zora Howard
    Cinematography
    Laura Valladao
    Editing
    Justin Chan
    Music
    Patrick Cannell
    Stefan Swanson
    Sales
    FILM CONSTELLATION
    Production
    WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT

    Press

    A small but stirring coming-of-ager with a knockout lead turn.

    Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

    ...[Howard] makes her proud, steely character’s every moment of vulnerability feel like a gift... a performance that builds gradually in power and radiance

    Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

    Rashaad Ernesto Green

    Rashaad Ernesto Green

    USA

    Rashaad Ernesto Green was born on August 19, 1978 in Bronx, New York, USA. His first feature, GUN HILL ROAD, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received nationwide distribution. In his work, Rashaad encourages people to have an active emotional experience by telling stories that are deeply rooted within the universal human experience. His films have screened on Netflix, on HBO, and at festivals internationally. He’s been supported by Cinereach, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, HBO, NBC, Time Warner, and Warner Bros. His film PREMATURE (2019) was presented at Sundance Film Festival.