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Visually and poetically arresting… looks and sounds like ‘The Big Chill’- if written by Zora Neale Hurston. — The Philadelphia Inquirer
A cinematic exploration of love that champions complex characters of color and much more critical examinations of love at every stage of life. – Okay Player
Nguvu crafts each relationship and character as its own poem. – Shadow and Act
by Scott Macaulay
Nefertite Nguvu, whose works include two well-received shorts and a ten-part web series on female emcees, The Road to U.N.I.T.Y., makes her dramatic feature debut with In the Morning, premiering tonight at the Urbanworld Film Festival. “In The Morning,” the film’s website describes, “is about love and transitions. It examines the complexities of love from the perspective of three women in the midst of some hard won self-transformation. It’s a mood piece that weaves together three stories about personal growth and the power of choice and action.” Below, we ask Nguvu about films set in one day, Brooklyn and working with the legendary cinematographer Arthur Jafa.

 

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Scheduled to make its world premiere at the upcoming 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (September 17-21), is Nefertite Nguvu’s ensemble drama “In The Morning” – an indie feature film long-time S&A readers will remember (we first featured it on this site 2 years ago while the filmmakers sought to raise funds for the project).
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What happens when love is complicated, delayed, abrupt, or even painful? In Nefertite Nguvu’s debut feature film, “In The Morning,” love is anything but a neat fairytale. Over the course of one day, Nguvu charts the emotional anatomy of several interconnected relationships as they grow and decline.
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Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu follows a successful Kickstarter campaign and a compelling trailer with the debut of her new film In The Morning, which premieres on Saturday, September 20th at the Urban World Film Festival in New York City. The ensemble drama about “love and its inevitable change/decline” stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Numa Perrier, Kim Hill, Jacky Ido and Hoji Fortuna. Nguvu directed the film, which was shot by Arthur Jafa. Jafa commented on the film’s importance and his decision to be involved in its completion at the outset of the production:
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 Black Love on Film: Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” to Premiere at NYC’s 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.  Without question, cult classics like “Love Jones” and “Love & Basketball” have firmly established their place atop the list of go-to movies that portray black love in all its glory. For everyone who still swoons each time Darius delivers “A Blues For Nina (Brotha to the Night),” or slowly boils with resentment when Quincy flips the script on Monica, then director Nefertite Nguvu’s feature film “In the Morning” will definitely be your cup of tea.
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In The Morning is a feature film about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day.  Photographed by award winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa (‘Daughters Of The Dust,’ ‘Crooklyn’ and colored by Malik Sayeed (“Belly”).  The film is an intrinsically New York story, a sophisticated adult drama, with both humor and intensity reminiscent of early Spike Lee and Woody Allen films, yet marks the arrival of a bold new voice in filmmaking.
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Urbanworld 2014 Festival Award Winners
Audience Award Winner Best Feature – In The Morning directed by Nefertite Nguvu
(Presented by Panavision – $15,000 camera package donation of Panavision equipment)

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The “black creatives” [figurative] lunch table seats some serious film juggernauts, such as the scandalous Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Ava DuVernay and the very talented Whoopi Goldberg. Much respect is given, and due, to these accomplished queens, however these ladies need to make some much needed room at the cinema lunch table for some new voices in black film and cinemas, starting with “In The Morning” writer and director Nefertite Nguvu.
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This spring Kim Hill (who you may remember from the golden era of the Black Eyed Peas) is set to star in In The Morning, an indie feature that’s set to take this weekend’s Pan-African Film Festival by storm. Set in modern-day Brooklyn and centered around the joy, laughs and sorrows of a life filled with love, In The Morning reveiced the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the UrbanWorld Film Festival and has Okayplayer extra-eager to finally catch it on the big screen.Ms. Hill plays one of the many protagonists, all young black New Yorkers working to find serenity and satisfaction in their romantic lives. Some are taken, some remain hopelessly single, and most remain somewhere in between.
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What a difference three years have made for Nefertite Nguvu. Only 36 months ago, she was working at an established movie production company making good money directing other people’s films. And she loved her work.That is, until the day her boss gave her an ultimatum… In between contract jobs with her company, Nguvu also had been working tirelessly on the screenplay for her own independent film project, “In the Morning.” Nguvu had chosen the cast, scouted locations, hired a film crew, exhausted her savings, maxed out her credit cards, purchased equipment and set a start date to begin filming. “I just kinda threw everything I had behind this film,” said Nguvu.
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For decades, independent films have been paving the way for filmmakers to step away from the corporate approach to telling stories and creating their art form. Ever find yourself frustrated with the lack of diversity on the big screen? Film companies and corporations hold rights to what stories they think need to be told while independent filmmakers fill the voids. Independent filmmakers are taking risks through their commitment to truthful filmmaking and in many cases, it may be the only time they see a film that tells their story. Enter Nefertite Nguvu.
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Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” will screen at BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema, Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and cast members.  Here’s what the ambitious, dynamic, young and gifted director had to share about making movies…
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The Brooklyn Academy of Music is launching its fifth year of New Voices in Black Cinema, with a slew of narrative features, documentaries and shorts described as redefining the Black experience in America and the world.  One of our buzzworthy pics is In the Morning.
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Nefertite Nguvu is the writer and director for the film, In the Morning, which recently screened at the Pan African Film festival. It took Nguvu a while to realize her dreams in the world of film because the opportunities she wanted weren’t available, so she decided to design her vision.
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On Tuesday, April 14, two of Philly’s finest, BlackStar Film Festival and Reelblack, team up to present the Philadelphia debut of Nefertite Nguvu’s film, In The Morning at International House.  Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, this film is a fresh take on the bonds of love, friendship, and marriage in contemporary life among a group of beautiful well-heeled friends in Brooklyn.
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Nefertite Nguvu is the mastermind behind In the Morning, a film about the emotional journeys of nine friends in Brooklyn over the course of one day. Nguvu got inspired at a young age, growing up in Newark, NJ, watching the works of Kathleen Collins, Gordon Parks, and more, to share art through film.
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The BlackStar Film Festival continues its winning streak by partnering with Reelblack for the Philly premiere of Nefertite Nguvu’s In the Morning. The film centers on the intricacies of marriage and love among a group of affluent Brooklynites, offering a portrayal of black professionals largely absent from mainstream cinema.
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Nefertite Nguvu’s In The Morning is a New York movie, the kind where attractive, intelligent people philosophize and, mostly, talk about their love lives. Like a Woody Allen or Whit Stillman movie, but set in Brooklyn among a fracturing group of 30-somethings.
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When director/screenwriter Nefertite Nguvu appears at International House on Tuesday to screen and discuss her debut feature, In the Morning, she’ll talk about sadness, laughter, love, and all the other everyday emotions portrayed in her visually and poetically arresting look at relationships among a group of black Brooklyn friends.  That kind of normalcy, she contends, is missing from African American cinema.
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Women of colour in film-making are grossly under-represented in mainstream cinema. The Oscar Academy may have snubbed Selma, but over the next year we’re going to see a lot more from this demographic. Kering meets two film-makers who are changing the game.
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Nefertite Nguvu’s latest film In The Morning is a revealing look at nine friends and their search for love and happiness. No stranger to film world, she has honed her directing skills into what In The Morning brings.
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Writer and director Nefertite Nguvu sat quietly in her theater chair. Her film “In The Morning” was playing at the historic Gene Siskel Film Center and the room was filled with supporters and other moviegoers. Smiling, in a flowing emerald green dress that was just as bright as her personality, she thanked attendees for sharing in her joy by coming out to see the film after the screen rose. 

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As Nijia Munin wrote in her review of Nefertite Nguvu’s feature film “In the Morning,” when it was screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York last year (here) what may seem at first to be a light, breezy summer film about friends and love is actually something else much deeper and richer. It becomes, as she said, “an intense dissection of relationships and interpretations of love… adding a sort of contemporary romanticism to the film… 
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Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu has been making the festival rounds with her feature film ‘In The Morning’, a film set in Brooklyn which “charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day”. Nguvu is getting ready to distribute the film independently, and we caught up with her for an interview. Plus we’re premiering a brand-new teaser for the film. 
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After a successful run at festivals around the world, sold out screenings and numerous high-profile awards, “In The Morning” will be released independently—and the director is crowdfunding to bring it to theaters near you.  Nefertite Nguvu’s acclaimed ensemble drama focuses on the lives of nine black thirty-somethings in Brooklyn as they fall in love with one another and deal with the aftermath. 
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 Writer/Director Nefertite Nguvu has been telling stories since she was a little girl growing up in Newark, Jersey. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood change agents like Ava DuVernay and Mara Brock Akil, Neftertie shares narratives of the Black experience in ways that are honest, powerful and so very relevant. Today, she joins us on In Her Shoes as a guest blogger giving us the top five reasons to support the Kickstarter campaign for her feature film debut titled “In The Morning.”
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“What is love?”
This weighted question is posed to a tight-knit group of friends over drinks in the kitchen at a Brooklyn house party. Each person takes their turn giving their thoughtful response to what “love is…” Desire. Self-expression. Pain.It is a scene painted beautifully by writer-director Nefertite Nguvu in her award-winning film, In the Morning, which delves into relationships, infidelity, departures and new beginnings among a gorgeous group of young, Black folks in New York. 
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