Roadside Attractions acquires Sundance Film Festival acclaimed feature debut, EXHIBITING FORGIVENESS, directed by internationally renowned artist Titus Kaphar

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Rooted In fatherhood, family and hope, Exhibiting Forgiveness stars Spirit Award Winner and SAG Nominee André Holland, Tony Award® Nominee John Earl Jelks, Oscar® Nominee Andra Day, and Oscar® Nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. The film will open wide only in theatres Fall 2024

Roadside Attractions acquired Sundance World Premiere Exhibiting Forgiveness, the lauded directorial debut by renowned artist Titus Kaphar starring Spirit Award Winner and SAG Nominee André Holland (Moonlight, High Flying Bird, Bones and All), Tony Award® Nominee John Earl Jelks (Miracle at St. Anna), Oscar® nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Marshall) and Oscar® Nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard, Origin), representing the finest ensemble of actors. Writer and producer Kaphar delivers a multidimensional personal drama which explores parental relationships, generational healing, and the power of forgiveness. Produced by Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines), Jamie Patricof (Blue Valentine, Half Nelson) and Sean Cotton, Exhibiting Forgiveness will open nationwide for the fall awards season.

Tarrell Rodin (Holland) is an admired American painter who lives with his wife, singer-songwriter Aisha (Day), and young son, Jermaine. His artwork excavates beauty from the anguish of his youth, keeping past wounds at bay. His path to success is derailed by an unexpected visit from his estranged father, La’Ron (Jelks), a recovering addict desperate to reconcile.

La’Ron visits at the invitation of Tarrell’s mother, Joyce (Ellis-Taylor) a pious woman with a profound and joyful spirituality. She hopes that Tarrell can open his heart to forgiveness, giving them all another chance at being a family. Tarrell and La’Ron learn that forgetting might be a greater challenge than forgiving in this raw and deeply moving film.

Kaphar’s vulnerable and intimately articulated film inspired tour de force performances from Holland and Jelks, who both portray complex and flawed characters. The work is elevated by the extraordinary acting of Oscar® nominees Day and Ellis-Taylor.

“Titus has changed the world with his art, and this film will bring him a legion of new fans and delight the many who already love his work,” commented Roadside Attractions Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “These are four jaw-dropping performances which we have no doubt is the finest ensemble filmgoers will see this year.”

Kaphar added, “Even the most extraordinary film in the world would remain hidden without the right distribution team; I'm so excited that our film has found its champion. Roadside has a reputation for bringing us unflinching movie experiences that center innovative and character-driven storytelling. I'm honored to have their support, and proud that Exhibiting Forgiveness will become part of their outstanding portfolio.”

Kaphar is an internationally esteemed artist who received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and is the recipient of a Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant, a Creative Capital Award, an Art for Justice Fund grant, and a MacArthur Fellowship, among others. Kaphar’s painting, Analagous Colors, was featured on the cover of the June 15, 2020, issue of TIME. His lauded 2017 TED talk has received 2.8 million views to date. Kaphar’s work is included in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, amongst others

Kaphar approaches film production as an extension of his studio practice, expanding existing bodies of painting and sculpture through film. In 2016, Kaphar completed a series of paintings and a short documentary inspired by his relationship with his father called The Jerome Project, this work is also the basis for the Exhibiting Forgiveness script. Kaphar’s most recent short documentary, Shut up and Paint was shortlisted for the Academy Award® in 2022.

A Hunting Lane, Homegrown, Shade Pictures, Revolution Ready Production, the film was produced by Stephanie Allain, Derek Cianfrance, Jamie Patricof, Sean Cotton and Titus Kaphar, with Claire Brooks, Stephanie Blackwood, Kim Coleman, serving as Executive Producers, and Rachel Halilej, Natalie Renee, and Michael VQ as Co-Producers. Cinematography by Lachlan Milne, editing by Ron Patane, and music by Jherek Bischoff.

The deal was negotiated by Roadside Attractions Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

Roadside Attractions
Since its founding in 2003, Roadside Attractions films have grossed over $500 million and garnered 23 Academy Award® nominations. Recent releases include Independent Spirit Award winning Emily The Criminal starring Aubrey Plaza, Ray Romano’s directorial debut Somewhere in Queens starring Romano, Laurie Metcalf, Jennifer Esposito and Sebastian Maniscalco, and the Sundance winning documentary Beyond Utopia, directed by Madeleine Gavin and Academy Award® shortlisted International feature, The Monk and the Gun.

Upcoming films from Roadside include the action-thriller Boy Kills World starring Bill Skarsgård; City of Dreams, an adrenaline-fueled thriller about human trafficking; Karim Aïnouz’ historical drama Firebrand, starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Nominee Jude Law and Academy Award® Winner and Golden Globe® Nominee Alicia Vikander; Lee starring Academy Award® Winner Kate Winslet with performances by Josh O’Connor, Academy Award® Nominee Andrea Riseborough, Andy Samberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Academy Award® Winner Marion Cotillard; and the enchanting family film, My Penguin Friend opening August 9, 2024.

The company has released such critical and commercial hits as The Courier, Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It, Judy, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Manchester by the Sea, Love & Friendship, Mr. Holmes, Love & Mercy, A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Margin Call and Super Size Me. Roadside is known for innovative strategies that maximize the value of their films via theatrical box office success.

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