Lionsgate and MRC's THE BLACKENING to U.S. Premiere with the Tribeca Festival
Melvin Gregg as King, Grace Byers as Allison, Antoinette Robertson as Lisa, Sinqua Walls as Nnamdi, Jermaine Fowler as Clifton, Dewayne Perkins as Dewayne, and Xochitl Mayo as Shanika in The Blackening. Photo Credit: Glen Wilson

Lionsgate and MRC’s THE BLACKENING to U.S. Premiere with the Tribeca Festival

Horror-Comedy’s U.S. Premiere in Association with Tribeca’s Expressions of Black Freedom Program in Commemoration of Juneteenth

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and HARLEM, New York, April 24, 2023 – Global content leader Lionsgate announced today that the new horror-comedy The Blackening from MRC will U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Festival on June 13. The screening will take place in Harlem at the legendary Apollo. The film opens in theaters nationwide on June 16, 2023.

The film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year was met with raves and a wild, raucous midnight screening, out of which Lionsgate acquired the film from MRC.

The Blackening centers around a group of Black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain’t no motherf****** game. Directed by Tim Story (Ride AlongThink Like A ManBarbershop) and co-written by Tracy Oliver (Girls TripHarlem) and Dewayne Perkins (“The Amber Ruffin Show,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first? Lionsgate and MRC present, a Story Company / Tracy Yvonne / Artists First / CatchLight Studios production.

Directed by Tim Story, co-written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins, The Blackening stars Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins, Sinqua Walls, Grace Byers, X Mayo, Melvin Gregg, Jermaine Fowler, Yvonne Orji, and Jay Pharoah, and is produced by Jason Clark, Marcei A. Brown, E. Brian Dobbins, Tracy Oliver, Tim Story, and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett. Perkins serves as a co-producer, with Vicky Story as associate producer.

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