According to Deadline, Ava DuVernay has been working on a short film set to debut this Saturday but it won’t be coming to a movie theater near you. It was actually commissioned as an “orientation film” by the Smithsonian’s new National Museum Of African American History And Culture.
August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People, follows six significant events in black history that all occurred on that date in different years. Those events include the abolition of slavery in the U.K. in 1833, the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963, Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005, and Barack Obama’s Democratic nomination acceptance speech in 2008. And DuVernay assembled quite the all-star cast for the historical project, including Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland and Glynn Turman. She tweeted out these set photos on August 28 this year.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) August 28, 2016
DuVernay—who is currently working on both her OWN network TV show Queen Sugar and a silver screen adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time—reportedly shot August 28 “on weekends” in her spare time for the past month. She spoke to Gayle King about the project for CBS News earlier in September.
The 22-minute short will premiere at the Washington D.C. museum’s grand opening this weekend.