Directed by Jordana Spiro

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2018

NEXT Award

Official Selection Rotterdam Film Festival 2018

Filmmaker Jordana Spiro and co-writer Angelica Nwandu paint a tough but intimate portrait of sisterhood amid a hostile landscape where kids and young adults, desperate for guidance, are instead forced to fend for themselves. Naturalistic dialogue and restrained but deeply felt dynamics between the two sisters breathe humor and warmth into scenes otherwise loaded with tension. Night Comes On is a raw and lyrical coming-of-age tale and a testament to Spiro’s gifts as a nuanced and empathetic storyteller on the rise.

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Eighteen-year-old Angel leaves her stint in juvenile detention with nothing but a few bucks and a dead cellphone. After serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon, she’s thrown back onto the streets and into a world riddled with the demons of her past. Her little sister, Abby, is stuck in foster care while her dad, responsible for the murder of their mother, roams free in some undisclosed suburb. But Angel, strong-willed and resourceful, has a quick-fix plan: find Abby, get a gun, hunt down her father, and hit the reset button on her and her sister’s life.


Crew                     Director: Jordana Spiro

Screenwriters: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu

Producers: Jonathan Montepare, Alvaro R. Valente, Danielle Renfrew Behrens

Executive Producers: Bill Harnisch, Ruth Ann Harnisch, David Stone, David Boies III, Donna Gruneich, Kevin Gruneich, Jenifer Westphal, Patty Quillin, Larry Taube, Jordana Spiro, Matthew Spitzer
Cinematographer: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle

Editor: Taylor Levy

Production Designer: Valeria De Felice

Costume Designer: Begoña Berges

Composers: Nathan Halpern, Matthew Robert Cooper

Sound Designer: Chris Foster

Casting Directors: Julie Schubert, Laray Mayfield
Line Producer: Tatiana Bears

Production company: Superlative Films

Publicist: Shannon Treuch, Falco Ink (<>, +19172257093)


Original Title    Night Comes On

Language          English

Genre                 Drama

Length               86 mins

Format               DCP | Colour | 5.1

Year                    2018


Sundance Film Festival 2018 (Next, USA)/ Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 (Netherlands)/ Off Camera (Poland)/ San Francisco International Film Festival (Competition, USA)/ Lighthouse International Film Festival (Narrative Feature Audience Award, USA)/ Giffoni Film Festival (Italy)/ Oslo Pix (Norway)/ Art Film Fest (Slovakia)/ Shanghai International Film Festival (China)/ Deauville Film Festival (Jury Prize, France)/ Artfilmfest (Czech Republic)/ LUCAS-International Festival For Young Film Lovers (Germany)/ Mix Copenhagen (Denmark)/ Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)/ Film Festival for Women’s Rights in South Korea (FIWOM, South Korea)/ CPH PIX (Demanrk)/ Goa International Film Festival (India)/ International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! (Poland)/ This Human World - International Human Rights Film Festival (Austria)/ Cheries-Cheris (Best Actress Award, France)/ Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) (India)/... more to be announced !




"Restrained, affecting and tenderly oberved with a distinctly female gaze..." The Hollywood Reporter

"Intimately accompished debut feature provides viewers with yet another reason to file for future reference; in her first big-screen showcase, the gifted young actress-playwright fixes the camera with a calm, confident stare, and has its undivided attention thereafter. Select distribution should follow festival berths in Sundance and Rotterdam." Variety

"The delicacy of the bond etched between Fishback's Angel and her ten-year-old sibling, played by captivating discovery Tatum Marilyn Hall, keeps you hooked into this melancholy but hopeful story of fractured family dynamics" The Hollywood Reporter

"Night Comes On is the female revenge movie we need right now!" Refinery29

"Spiro weaves her beautiful story with suspense both emotional and visceral, and together with her two lead performers builds an intensely affecting connection across a short running time." Film School Rejects

"Night Comes on, gives us an extra layer and depth to this genre that we quite haven't experienced before. This is a reminiscent of the ward-winning film Moonlight in some ways." Black Girl Nerds

"Hall's perormance as the fierce young girl will leave you mesmerized" Shadow & Act

"A film that is very much needed." Culture Vultures


Jordana Spiro is a director, writer and actress. Her debut feature Night Comes On, which she directed and co-wrote premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She developed the film at the Sundance Institute’s Directors, Screenwriters, and Composers Labs, and through a Cinereach development grant. Her short Skin premiered at Sundance and won the Women In Film Productions award. Skin also won the Honorable Mention Award at SXSW, showed at Telluride, Palm Springs, and AFI among others. Jordana earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University (2015) and received the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Fellowship. As an actress she has starred in numerous films and television series and is currently acting in her 2nd season of Ozark for Netflix. She studied drama at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and was selected to join the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin.