AFI adds drive-in screening for ‘One Night in Miami…’

(One Night in Miami is Regina King’s directorial debut)

Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 34th edition of AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi has added a Centerpiece Drive-in screening to this year’s festival line-up. The Amazon Original film One Night in Miami… will screen at the Rose Bowl on Monday, October 19. 

Directed by Academy Award® winner Regina King, the film takes place over one night with icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown examining the civil rights movement. 

Written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based off his 2013 stage play, One Night in Miami… is produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein, and King and Powers are executive producers. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.

“Regina King’s directorial debut is a knock-out,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals.  “And AFI is proud to celebrate her boundless talents in a setting larger than life.” Here is a clip from the film:

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About the Film

On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Based on the award-winning play of the same name, and directed by Regina King, One Night in Miami… is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

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More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate. Amazon Studios will release One Night in Miami… in select U.S. theaters on December 25, 2020 and launching globally on Amazon Prime Video on January 15, 2021.