I Will Follow (film)

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I Will Follow
I Will Follow.jpg
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Produced by Ava DuVernay
Denise Sexton
Howard Barish
Written by Ava DuVernay
Starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Omari Hardwick
Beverly Todd
Michole White
Dijon Talton
Tracie Thoms
Blair Underwood
Music by Kathryn Bostic
Cinematography Miguel Bunster
Edited by Spencer Averick
Release date
  • September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18) (Urbanworld Film Festival)
  • March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I Will Follow is a 2010 American independent drama film written, produced and directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Beverly Todd, Omari Hardwick, Michole White, Dijon Talton, Royale Watkins, Damone Roberts, Tracie Thoms and Blair Underwood.


Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) is a successful artist who has taken a leave from work to care for her ill aunt, Amanda (Beverly Todd). As the film begins, Maye is moving out of the home she once shared with Amanda after her death and contemplating her relationships, her career, her past and her future.


I Will Follow was shot in 15 days on location in Topanga Canyon, California. It is the first film to use footage from the first inauguration of Barack Obama.[citation needed]


I Will Follow made its world premiere in New York City at the 2010 Urbanworld Film Festival, where it won audience honors. It also played at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival and the 2010 AFI Film Festival. The film had a limited release on March 11, 2011.


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