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Unmasking Stereotypes: Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction” Challenges Cultural Norms

effrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander
F_00828_R Tracee Ellis Ross stars as Lisa and Leslie Uggams as her mother Agnes in writer/director Cord Jefferson’s AMERICAN FICTION An Orion Pictures Release Photo credit: Claire Folger © 2023 Orion Releasing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Prepare to be both entertained and enlightened as Cord Jefferson, celebrated for his incisive writing, steps into the director’s chair for his debut feature film, “American Fiction”. The film, a unique blend of comedy and drama, promises to leave audiences reflecting on society’s penchant for reducing individuals to caricatures.

Starring a powerhouse ensemble cast featuring Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown, the movie delivers a scathing critique of the entertainment industry’s reliance on harmful stereotypes. Drawing inspiration from Percival Everett’s novel ‘Erasure’, Jefferson crafts a narrative that’s both thought-provoking and uproarious.

“American Fiction” introduces us to Monk (played by Jeffrey Wright), an accomplished yet disillusioned novelist. Tired of witnessing the perpetuation of offensive clichés under the guise of “Black” entertainment, Monk employs a daring strategy. Using a pseudonym, he authors an audacious book that lampoons these very stereotypes, setting off a chain reaction that forces both himself and the industry to confront their hypocrisies.

Cord Jefferson’s background in poignant social commentary, showcased through his writing for acclaimed shows like “Watchmen” and “Succession,” adds a layer of authenticity to the film’s thematic depth. With this directorial debut, Jefferson expands his creative footprint and continues to challenge societal norms with his incisive storytelling.

“American Fiction” is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, marking a momentous entry into the world of cinema for Cord Jefferson. The film’s November theatrical release, presented by Orion Pictures and MRC, offers audiences an opportunity to experience a refreshingly candid exploration of cultural identity, artistic integrity, and the need for change in an industry too often resistant to it.

A product of collaboration between T-Street Production, Almost Infinite, and 3 Arts Entertainment, “American Fiction” boasts a blend of seasoned talents and rising stars. The collective effort of producers Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson, and Jermaine Johnson, as well as the guidance of executive producers Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman, and Percival Everett, promises an unforgettable cinematic experience that is sure to spark important conversations.

As the film unfolds, Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction” invites us to question not only the narratives we consume but also the narratives we perpetuate. With a stellar cast and a directorial vision driven by purpose, the movie is poised to leave an indelible mark on the world of cinema and society at large.


effrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander


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