A Wonderful Prom Night in Flint, Michigan – Hyperallergic

23October 2020

From Midnight in Paris(2019)

, dir. James Blagden & Roni Moore(image courtesy Metrograph) “Midnight in Paris”was the theme for the 2012 prom at Flint Northern High School. Filmmakers James Blagden and Roni Moore followed some of the students that year as they got ready for the occasion, likewise interviewing their member of the family, as well as sundry school personnel. Prom as a cultural organization is one of the most popular dramatic gadgets in stories about teens, and yet it's rarely that we see the senior prom experiences of Black trainees included in movie and TELEVISION.

This was a few years before Flint, Michigan would end up being known nationwide for its (still ongoing) water crisis. The kids wryly talk about how their town is only discussed in regards to criminal activity and poverty. Midnight in Paris defies this convention, instead discovering both the big and small delights in daily life for the teenagers and their families. Moore and Blagden have a flawless sense for where to put their cameras to observe the proceedings with mild curiosity. This is a very winning, frequently uproarious film that will surely evoke lots of fond memories of one's own youth.

Midnight in Paris is evaluating online October 23 through 29 via Metrograph.Source: hyperallergic.com

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