Test Pattern


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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:82 min.
Director:Shatara Michelle Ford
Producer:Pin-Chun Liu
Shatara Michelle Ford
Yu-Hao Su
Lee Stobby
Screenwriter:Shatara Michelle Ford
Cast:Brittany S. Hall
Will Brill
Gail Bean
Drew Fuller
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Note Writer:Chris Feil


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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Renesha (Brittany S. Hall, Ballers) and Evan (Will Brill, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are a young interracial couple settled in their life. On a night out with a friend, Renesha is sexually assaulted. The next day, the couple struggles with the aftermath, leaving Renesha unsure how to proceed as Evan urges her to seek medical attention. But getting a rape kit is not a simple process, pushing the boundaries of their relationship and leaving audiences wondering what the “right” thing to do really is. Writer-director Shatara Michelle Ford brings a stunning visual authority to their debut feature, exploring not only how this relationship functions in crisis but also flashing back to the initial optimism of their budding relationship (as well as racial and class complications). By taking on important conversations—the failures of the system to serve survivors of rape, the silencing of Black women—Test Pattern wisely explores the unexamined and interpersonal human nuances in the fallout of abuse.


Please note: this film contains a depiction of sexual assault.

Additional Information

Shatara Michelle Ford is a Black American filmmaker born in rural Arkansas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Their work explores class, power, womanhood, identity, memory, perception and race. Her script, Queen Elizabeth was featured on the 2017 Black List. Test Pattern is their debut feature.