American Fiction film still
American Fiction film still



Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

Gala Screenings

American Fiction

| 117 min.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, First Feature

One of the sharpest and most assured directorial debuts in years, Cord Jefferson's supremely entertaining satire American Fiction confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes in hilarious fashion. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish book of his own, one that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. 

Southeast premiere

Director, producer, and writer Cord Jefferson will be presented with the Breakthrough Director Award. A Q&A with Jefferson immediately follows the screening.


Cord Jefferson


Ben LeClair

Nikos Karamigios

Cord Jefferson

Jermaine Johnson


Cord Jefferson


Jeffrey Wright

Tracee Ellis Ross

John Ortiz

Erika Alexander

Issa Rae

Sterling K. Brown


Cord Jefferson is an Emmy Award-winning writer who has worked on some of the most complex and popular series of the past decade. With a motley list of projects under his belt, including Watchmen, The Good Place, and Succession, Jefferson has earned praise for being a multifaceted and versatile storyteller.