SELAH AND THE SPADES New Auteurs

SELAH AND THE SPADES

Talent attending: Tayarisha Poe (Director)

At Haldwell, an elite boarding school in Pennsylvania, five factions run student life. Selah Summer leads the Spades, the most powerful of the five, conducting all underground drugs and alcohol sales on campus. Selah has cunningly navigated her way to the top and won’t back down to any and all rivals. As graduation approaches, Selah finds a Spades protégé in Paloma, but the friendship grows tense as Paloma begins to lead in a different direction and Selah’s status is threatened.

SELAH AND THE SPADES fiercely captures the societal pressures of modern youth and the internal struggle for independence and identity. With her sharp, fresh and unapologetic debut feature film, filmmaker Tayarisha Poe proves to be an exciting talent to watch. –Sarah Harris

Tayarisha Poe is a storyteller from West Philly who believes that all stories are inherently multisensory and multidimensional and thus should be told that way. She was chosen as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker magazine in 2015, and in 2016 she received the Sundance Institute’s Knight Foundation Fellowship. In 2017, she was selected for the January Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the June Sundance Directors Lab. She is a 2017 Pew fellow.

Alice Zou
Amazon Studios

Details

Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Tayarisha Poe

Screenwriter: Tayarisha Poe

Producers: Lauren McBride, Drew Houpt, Lucas Joaquin, Tayarisha Poe, Jill Ahrens

Executive Producers: Terrence Nance, Ben Renzo, Ryan Ahrens, Tony Parker, Derrick Brooks, Michael Finley, Drew Brees, Jenifer Westphal, Julie Parker Benello, Nancy Stephens Rosenthal, Chaz Ebert, Alex Scharfman

Director of Photography: Jomo Fray

Editor: Kate Abernathy

Production Designer: Valeria de Felice

Music: Aska Matsumiya

Cast/Featuring: Lovie Simone, Celeste O'Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, Jesse Williams

Running Time (minutes): 98 min

Language : English

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