New Black Voices • 03-Feb-2020
A weary French professor and a young drug dealer share an evening together in Philadelphia. A two-hander character study, “May,” directed by Julian Turner, examines an unlikely relationship forged during a drug deal. Randolph and Genevieve find themselves in each other’s company searching for a discreet place to make a weed exchange. But it doesn’t end there. The two strangers, separated by culture and age, enter into a free-flowing conversation about their lives, about drugs and art and beyond. It becomes a film about identity, lifestyle, and expectations, rendered with structural simplistically and character complexity. Leading the way is the unique chemistry between its two leads and wonderfully understated performances by Azikiwea Green and Maria Dizzia, whom can also be seen in another recent short, “The Neighbors’ Window,” directed by Marshall Curry, currently up for an Academy Award. -KA. Writer, director, editor: Julian Turner. Starring Maria Dizzia and Azikiwea Green. Executive Producer: Rodney Evans. Director of Photography: Kyungchan Min. Assistant Director: Sasha Klugar. Make-up: Sara Ritmiller. Wardrobe: Gabriel Meyer-Lee. Set Assistant: Harim Woo. Sound Recording: Dylan Henning and Andre Johnson. Sound Mix: Garry Rindfuss.
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