“Smart and engaging” – Mark Rabinowitz, INDIEWIRE
“Emotional fireworks ring true” – Eddie Cockrell, VARIETY
“A relentless and devastating family drama” – Nathan Southern, ALL MOVIE GUIDE
August the First premiered at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, went on to play at multiple festivals in the United States and internationally, winning several top prizes and garnering a nomination for an IFP Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You”.
It is the morning of Tunde’s graduation party and things have already begun to unravel. Tunde has managed to alienate his sister, his older brother persistently plagues him with criticism, and their mother has started drinking again. Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long estranged father, resurrecting unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde’s celebration.
As the day turns to night, old wounds are re-opened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deception and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced.
Directed by: Lanre Olabisi
Written by: Lanre Olabisi, Shawn Alexander
Produced by: Nicky Arezu Akmal, Lanre Olabisi, Gabriel Sedgwick
Official site: www.augustthefirst.com