World Premiere

Talent attending: Pamela Abdy (Producer), Daniel Kaluuya (Talent), Lena Waithe (Writer), Brad Weston (Producer)

On a cold night in the Midwest, a black man and a black woman have a forgettable first date. As the two drive home, a police officer pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. The situation quickly escalates and tragically one of them kills the police officer in self-defense. Fearing for their lives, the duo are forced to go on the run. Police-cam footage of the incident goes viral and the fugitives inadvertently become figures of trauma, grief and humanity as they drive across the country.

QUEEN & SLIM is the bold, thrilling and powerful feature directorial debut from AFI alumna Melina Matsoukas (INSECURE, Beyonce’s “Formation”). Lena Waithe (MASTER OF NONE) pens a sharp script confronting the toll of racism and violence in America today. Together, these trailblazing women craft a consciousness-raising and essential film.

Accessibility: CCAP

Director Melina Matsoukas is a proud alumna of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute. Prior to her 2019 feature debut QUEEN & SLIM, her work was primarily in television and music videos, including: Issa Rae’s HBO series INSECURE, the Netflix series MASTER OF NONE and Beyoncé’s Formation.

Universal Pictures


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Screenwriter: Lena Waithe

Producers: James Frey, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston, Pamela Abdy

Executive Producers: Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth

Director of Photography: Tat Radcliffe

Editor: Pete Beaudreau

Production Designer: Karen Murphy

Cast/Featuring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, John Sturgill Simpson, Indya Moore

Running Time (minutes): 132 min

Language: English