‘Two Distant Strangers’ Makes Sure Oscar Voters Don’t Forget George Floyd

‘Two Distant Strangers’ Makes Sure Oscar Voters Don’t Forget George Floyd
Watching the news last June, writer Travon Free was plagued by a demoralizing feeling most Black Americans can probably relate to: Each time yet another Black person died at a cop’s hands — from George Floyd to Breonna Taylor to Elijah McClain — he felt like he was “living in the worst version of ‘Groundhog Day.’” Incensed at the endless deaths and fired up by the protests that erupted around the world, he set about writing the inventive and bold 30-minute film “Two Distant Strangers,” which has been shortlisted for the Oscar for Live Action Short.

“Two Distant Strangers” follows a day in the life of cartoonist Carter James (Joey Badass), a young Black guy trying to get home to his dog the morning after a promising first date. When a totally benign encounter with a police officer goes south, he finds himself back in the woman’s bed after a brutal shooting.
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