Sundance 2016: Craig Robinson and newcomer Markees Christmas star in the film
“Morris From America” follows Morris (Christmas), a 13-year-old African-American boy and the relationship he has with his father Curtis (Robinson) during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating matters, they are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany — a city of rich history but little diversity. Morris falls in love with a local German girl named Katrin, and his tumultuous connection with her takes him on a journey that ends in self-discovery and a new dynamic to his relationship with Curtis.
Lina Keller co-stars as Katrin, while Carla Juri (“Wetlands”) also appears in the film, which was produced by Adele Romanski, Martin Heisler, Sara Murphy and Gabriele Simon.
“Morris From America” debuted Friday afternoon at the Eccles to largely positive reviews.
Hartigan’s second feature, “This Is Martin Bonner,” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best of NEXT. Hartigan was also awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.