Test Pattern

82 mins.
Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford
2021

Run extended! Playing through Thursday, March 11.
 

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  • Ticket price:  $12 general admission, $9 for Members
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Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America.

TEST PATTERN follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy.

Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view.

Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.


"TEST PATTERN achieves a lot with very little: The film’s nonlinear editing  and cannily scored silences invite our interpretations, locating in them the entanglements of race and gender. Ford pushes us, if not to definitive answers, then to the right questions." Devika Girish, New York Times.