The locally shot and set “Cronies” -- executive-produced by Spike Lee and written and directed by St. Louis native Michael J. Larnell -- is one of the most acclaimed films to emerge from the city, premiering at Sundance and screening at Tribeca and other prestigious fests. Louis (George Sample III) and Jack (Zurich Buckner) were best childhood friends, but their present-day relationship is challenged by Louis’ new friendships and family priorities, which collide with Jack’s loud and aggressive behavior. The growing rift between them becomes unavoidable when Jack unexpectedly meets Louis’ new friend, the white Andrew (Brian Kowalski), and Jack realizes that their plans don’t include him. Refusing to accept his exclusion, Jack forces himself into Louis and Andrew’s lives for the day, derailing their plans and needling their friendship. Louis’ frustration boils over when Jack tells Andrew a dark secret about their childhood. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “There’s a current of palpable emotion coursing beneath the surface of ‘Cronies,’ a low-budget, black-and-white indie that explores the shifting affinities and alliances among three young men on a lazy summer day in St. Louis.”
U.S., 2015, 84 min.
Film CategoryAmerican Indie Spotlight Race in America: The Black Experience Show-Me Cinema
With director Larnell and cast and crew members, and introduction and post-film Q&A moderation by Tila Neguse, project coordinator for the Divided City Initiative at Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities.
Co-presented by Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities.