Gothams Get Awards Season Rolling: Rustin Set As Its First Honoree

Gothams Get Awards Season Rolling: Rustin Set As Its First Honoree

The Gotham Awards said today that Rustin, director George C. Wolfe’s snapshot of the life of civil rights icon Bayard Rustin that stars Colman Domingo, will receive its Icon & Creator Tribute for Social Justice. The Netflix pic will be honored at the 33rd annual Gotham Awards on November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.

Rustin follows the architect of the momentous 1963 March on Washington, who was one of the greatest activists and organizers of the Civil Rights movement. Working alongside such giants as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, he challenged authority and never apologized for who he was, what he believed or who he desired. And Rustin did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten by many.

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Rustin debuted August 31 at the Telluride Film Festival and had its international premiere September 11 at Toronto. The cast also includes Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, CCH Pounder, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Johnny Ramey, Michael Potts, with Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald.

Julian Breece and Dustin Lance Black penned the screenplay from a story by Breece, and the producers are Wolfe, Tonia Davis of the Obamas’ Higher Ground and Bruce Cohen.

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“We’re thrilled to recognize both the inspiring hero of the Civil Rights movement, Bayard Rustin, and the remarkable film Rustin from George C. Wolfe, Netflix and Higher Ground,” said Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of The Gotham Film & Media Institute. “This beautifully crafted and moving film shines a light on the visionary contributions of a proud gay Black man on the heels of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington.” 

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