On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, 17-year-old poet Ayanna (co-writer Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It’s not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world — whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, “Premature” — directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green — is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life. When “Premature” screened at the respected Black Harvest Film Festival, the Chicago Reader called it “one of the year’s best films,” declaring it “the crown jewel” of the fest and calling Howard “incandescent.”
Linda Brown Reed Esq.