Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Carlos López Estrada, and written by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. The film had its world premiere on January 18, 2018 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows two childhood friends, convicted felon Collin (Diggs) and troublemaker Miles (Casal), through the last three days of Collin’s year-long probation. Collin lives in a probation house and struggles with trying to get his life in order and put his criminal past behind him, while the short-tempered and rowdy Miles searches for trouble and embraces the “street” lifestyle. One night while waiting anxiously for a red light to change in order to get home for his 11pm curfew, Collin witnesses a white police officer (Embry) gun down a black civilian, an incident that haunts Collin over the next few days. Miles purchases a gun which ends up in the hands of his young son Sean, an incident which horrifies Sean’s mother Ashley (Cephas Jones). Collin begins to realize that Miles’ recklessness will likely land him into trouble, and the two are set on an explosive collision course.
Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.
Initial release: July 20, 2018 (USA)
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Production company: Codeblack Films
Distributed by: Lionsgate Films
Producers: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Keith Calder, Jess Calder
Screenplay: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal