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Film Independent Presents: Native Son


Includes a conversation with director Rashid Johnson

Film Independent Presents the HBO Screening Series

Directed by conceptual artist Rashid Johnson and adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) Native Son created a sensation at the
2019 Sundance Film Festival for its piercing, contemporary take on the forceful anger that author Richard Wright first captured in his classic 1940 novel of the same name. Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) commands the screen as Bigger Thomas – with a look that demands he be noticed. When he lands a job that could change his life, his world seems to be improving… but is it? Though many things have changed for young African-American men since the book’s inception, Native Son is a reminder that in many ways these issues still persist. The cast includes KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Sanaa Lathan (Love and Basketball), Margaret Qualley and Bill Camp.


2019, 108 min, color, DCP | Directed by Rashid Johnson; Written by Suzan-Lori Parks; With Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier with Sanaa Lathan and Bill Camp


Ticketing/Parking Information – ArcLight Hollywood
Film Independent Members can reserve screening tickets starting at 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 27. | Screening tickets are free; limit two per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.Validated parking in theater garage, $3.00 for up to 4 hours. $2.00 every 15 minutes thereafter, up to a maximum of $14.00.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets may be picked up at ArcLight Hollywood on the day of the event, as early as 6:00 pm – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are for general, unreserved theater seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat(s) 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry/seating will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who reserved them.
Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.