Night Comes On: A Solid First Feature

Tatum Hall and Dominque Fishback appear in Night Comes On by Jordana Spiro. Photo Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films Photo by Christopher Waggoner.

Actress Jordana Spiro makes her feature directorial debut with the captivating Night Comes On, a heart-wrenching story that follows a young woman as she seeks to get her life back on track.  It’s a solid first feature film for Spiro and helps shine a light on a segment of the country that needs to be represented in more films and in leading roles nonetheless.  It’s not only the representation factor but also the stories of complex women.  There’s not enough stories out there, making Night Comes On a film that is very much needed.

Spiro penned the script with Angelica Nwandu, but it’s Dominique Fishback who carries the film portraying Angel LaMere in her feature debut.  It was a long ride for Spiro, who worked the past six years to get this story told.  The film is one that would have been unable to be produced without the aid of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and Sundance Institute Catalyst.

It’s Angel’s 18th birthday and now that she’s been released from juvenile detention, Angel has one goal in mind: to get back at her dad for the death of her mother.  After a gun dealer tries to force himself on her, Angel is able to steal a gun in order to have some sort of protection for self-defensive measures before finding her younger sister, Abby (Tatum Marilyn Hall).  Once Abby comes into the picture, Night Comes On starts to get an idea of what kind of film that it wants to be as the two sisters go on a journey together.

For my full review from Sundance, please click here.

DIRECTOR:  Jordana Spiro
SCREENWRITERS:  Jordana Spiro and Angelica Nwandu
CAST:  Dominique Fishback, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella, James McDaniel, and Tatum Marilyn Hall

Night Comes On premiered during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn Films will open Night Comes On in select theaters and VOD on August 3, 2018.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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