'August 28': Ava DuVernay's Star-Studded Short With Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Regina King And More Sets TV Debut

August 23rd 2018

A star-studded Ava DuVernay short film will premiere soon on OWN.

August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People will debut Tuesday, August 28, at 7 p.m.

The cast includes Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman.

It is a 22-minute scripted film using both documentary and narrative techniques to take viewers to six historical moments through history that all occurred on August 28.

The official description: August 28 traverses a century of black progress, protest, passion and perseverance of African American people. The project gives historical perspective within the creative framework of one date that has had a profound effect on America including the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833; the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955; the first radio airplay from Motown Records on August 28, 1961 with The Marvelettes "Please Mr. Postman"; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during the massive March on Washington on August 28, 1963; Hurricane Katrina making its tragic landfall on August 28, 2005 and then-Senator Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the presidency on August 28, 2008.

Malik Sayeed was the cinematographer for the project, and the editor was Spencer Averick.  Meshell Ndegeocello composed the score. Paul Garnes produced, with co-producers Tilane Jones and Tammy Garnes.

Check out a clip below of DuVernay talking about August 28, as well as a teaser for the film.

by Trey Mangum on August 23rd 2018

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