Part of SFFILM Festival
A poignant story of deferred dreams and a mother’s love, Miss Juneteenth tells the story of Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), who pushes her daughter to compete in the titular African-American pageant that she herself won back in 2004. So intent on having her daughter fulfill the promise that she feels went unrealized in her own life, Turquoise loses sight of the fact that her child might have different goals. Firmly rooted in its Fort Worth, Texas, milieu, the film also presents one of the most believable mother-daughter relationships in recent years.
“The natural luminosity of Nicole Beharie breathes radiant warmth into almost every scene of Miss Juneteenth, and yet it’s the lived-in authenticity of her performance that anchors this heartfelt story of a single mother in a low-income, predominantly black suburb of Fort Worth, Texas.” –David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
SFFILM Westridge Grant recipient and Austin Film Society Fellow Channing Godfrey Peoples received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The Fort Worth, TX, native is a writer and director who penned episodes of the TV series Queen Sugar (2016-). She was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 2018 “25 new faces of independent film.” While working on her directorial debut, Miss Juneteenth, Peoples participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive and Creative Producing Lab.
Director Channing Godfrey Peoples
Producer Neil Creque Williams, James M. Johnson, Jeanie Igoe, Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page
Writer Channing Godfrey Peoples
Editor Courtney Ware
Cinematographer Daniel Patterson
Music Emily Rice, Curtis Health
Cast Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze
Channing Godfrey Peoples