Miss Juneteenth

Release Date:   6/19/2020; Digital Release (Original Release – 1/30/20; Sundance Film Festival)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:   NR
Director:  Channing Godfrey Peoples
Studio:   Sailor Bear
Running Time:  103 mins.
Cast:   Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes, Marcus Maudlin.

Details:   Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Miss Juneteenth, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and later won an award at SXSW. The feature is aiming for a June 19 release, that date marking the 155th anniversary of the Juneteenth holiday.

Story:  Built like a bird, Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.  Source(s):  Deadline; Sundance.org.