David Makes Man

David (Akili McDowell) picks a fight at school and we see a prodigal child’s struggle to maintain his happy-go-lucky persona despite the trauma of poverty and addiction at home. David tries to hide behind the protection of his imagination to survive, but cracks begin to show as predatory forces become overbearing. The highly respected teacher Dr. Woods-Trapp (Phylicia Rashad) is introduced and begins to advocate on David’s behalf, but with strong discipline.

The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with select cast and crew.

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Michael Francis Williams


Showrunner: Dee Harris-Lawrence
Director: Michael Francis Williams
Executive Producer: Tarell Alvin McCraney, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Dee Harris-Lawrence, Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy
Producer: Wayne Morris
Screenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Cinematographer: Todd A. Dos Reis, A.S.C.
Editor: Sarah Reeves
Production Designer: Mark Garner
Sound Designer: Scott Clements
Principal Cast: Akili McDowell, Nathaniel McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Cayden Williams, Jordan Bolger, Travis Coles, Phylicia Rashad, Alana Arenas
Additional Credits: Casting Director: Carmen Cuba


Public Film Contact
Kristin Silady
Oprah Winfrey Network
Publicity Contact
Los Angeles
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama, Experimental, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Episodic Premieres
Screening Category: Episodic
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 57:25 mins