Blindspotting, director Carlos López Estrada’s feature film debut, got a lot of buzz coming out of Sundance and, after seeing the first trailer for the Oakland-set dramedy, it’s not hard to see why.
Daveed Diggs stars as Collin, a father trying to make it through his last three days of probation without incident. This is made more difficult by Collin’s best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), who proudly carries around a gun, and by the fact that he is a black man in America. When Collin witnesses a police officer (played by Ethan Embry) shooting an unarmed black man as he is running away, he is confronted with the choice of whether he will testify against the cop in court.
Blindspotting is a story about gentrification and the changing face of Oakland and other placed like it, as well as what it is like to be a black man in America. It also stars Sleepy Hollow‘s Janina Gavankar as Collin’s ex and co-worker. It is definitely one to look out for. Check out the full trailer…
Here’s the official synopsis:
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
Blindspotting hits select theaters on July 20th.