THE SLEEPING NEGRO (Slamdance 2021) continues to draw rave reviews and popularity


The Sleeping Negro

Skinner Myers

Award-winning indie drama The Sleeping Negro from award-winning filmmaker Skinner Myers continues to draw rave reviews and popularity!

Myers’ snappy film is more monologue than movie, but undeniably essential to rousing everyone from the collective complacency induced by the false perception of progress for all in this country.

—Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, February 12, 2022 / — For the past 3 months, Skinner Myers has been a busy man, flying from New York to Columbus, Ohio to San Francisco to share his vision as a black filmmaker with something to say.

The Sleeping Negro had its world premiere at Slamdance 2021. It is currently screening at festivals in the United States and around the world. It had its US tour on December 3 at Cinema Village in New York, Glendale Cinema in Los Angeles and Plaza Cinema in Atlanta, and continues to tour in San Francisco, Vancouver, Boulder, Austin and Pittsburgh.

The Sleeping Negro opens with James Baldwin’s quote “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be angry almost all the time.” It tells the story of a young black man, identified simply as “Man”, who must resolve the personal meaning of his blackness when his white boss orders him to commit fraud for the benefit of the company. Struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame at having agreed to the illegal request, Man seeks solace by discussing his discomfort with a former black friend and his white fiancé. It’s not going well.

“Following in the footsteps of LA Rebellion filmmakers, Skinner Myers tells a deeply personal and intimate story in a radically non-traditional style. cinematic style as a way to freely express his feelings as a black man in America. says Dr. Reinaldo B. Spech, director at ArtMattan Films. He continues: “We are delighted to be associated with this incredible independent production and all that it represents. It aligns perfectly with our own vision as distributors of independent films highlighting the human experience of people of color around the world. This film is unapologetically powerful and, in my opinion, a meaningful and relevant film about the African American experience that should be seen by everyone.

The Sleeping Negro is currently 100% on rotten tomatoes!

“Myers’ film doesn’t shy away from tackling tough subject matter, shaking up the ridiculous claim that ‘race’ doesn’t matter in contemporary America.” ~Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“Myers’ fast-paced flick is more monologue than movie, but undeniably essential to rousing everyone from the collective complacency induced by the false perception of progress for all in this country.” ~ Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

“Although often abstract in its images, the film’s scathing commentary remains firmly rooted in our current reality.” ~Mark Hanson, Slant Magazine

“A superb character study of a black man, how he sees himself and how he has been treated by society, it’s surreal yet real and terrifying.” ~Ulkar Alakbarova,

“Skinner Myers effectively presents the issues so that the collective, global ‘we’ have to stop, ask questions and wrestle with a very complicated problem.” ~ Alan Ng, Cinematic Threat

“Staying asleep for Myers as an African American is a sin, but so is being wide awake to the point where self-love is all but embraced. In this impassioned, vigorous, and lucid cinematic journey, the dark , bruised but -the fighting spirit of a Kendrick Lamar and all other leading African artists strikes like lightning and rings like thunder.” ~ LOUIE BAHAROM,

SKINNER MYERS is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He wrote and directed 11 films, including ‘La Tierra del Exodo’, ‘Nightmares by the Sea’, ‘Things of Beauty Burn’ and ‘Frank Embree’, which won the Grand Jury Award at Hollyshorts. “The Sleeping Negro” is his first feature film. Myers studied at Columbia, Brooklyn College, USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam.

Diarah N’Daw-Spech, ArtMattan Films – Tel (212) 864-1760, e-mail: [email protected]
In 2021, ArtMattan Films celebrates twenty-nine years of exposing American audiences to a wide variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, The Pirogue, White Lies, The Citizen, The Man Who Mends Women about the work in the DRC of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Dennis Mukwege , Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba on the world famous South African singer and more recently The Last Tree, Made in Bangladesh, and Marighella. More info on

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