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Selah and the Spades Virtual Q&A – Cinema/Chicago Members Only
Together with Amazon Studios, we are hosting a virtual Q&A on Wednesday, April 22 at 8pm CT, where we’ll talk with writer/director Tayarisha Poe and executive producer Chaz Ebert of Selah and the Spades.
This exclusive Q&A is open to Cinema/Chicago members only. Become a member today to get access to this special virtual event!
Watch the film before the Q&A! Stream Selah and the Spades starting April 17 on Prime Video so watch it any time at your convenience. It would be best to watch it prior to Wednesday, April 22 at 8PM CT so you can come to the Q&A with questions for our guests! A link to participate in the Q&A will be sent to Cinema/Chicago members who RSVP for this event. You will need an Amazon Prime Video account to watch the film beforehand.
Synopsis: In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie (Moonlight’s Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma (Celeste O’Connor), to whom he imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a heightened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00pm – 9:00pm
This virtual event is open only to Cinema/Chicago members. Become a member.