Gets U.S. rights to Sundance alum

Magnolia Pictures has nabbed U.S. rights to “Night Catches Us,” Tanya Hamilton’s pic about a former Black Panther that stars Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington.

Magnolia aims to release the film, already seen at Sundance and at New Directors/New Films, in the fall.

Written and directed by Hamilton, “Night” centers on an ex-Panther who returns home to Philadelphia in 1976. Jamie Hector and Wendell Pierce also appear in the pic, produced by SimonSays Entertainment and Gigantic Pictures.

Deal was negotiated between Magnolia senior VP Tom Quinn and Film Sales Co. prexy Andrew Herwitz.

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