Since the premiere of his debut play, One Night in Miami, in 2013, Kemp Powers has become one of the country’s most vital artists, vividly bringing to life Black characters—both real and fictional—on stage and screen. To celebrate our newly released edition of the Oscar-nominated film adaptation of One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King and scripted by Powers, the writer stopped by the closet to stock up on some of his favorite movies. His love of animation—evident in his work as writer and codirector of Soul, the first Pixar release to feature a Black lead character—comes through in his discussion of Watership Down, a film that has always been near and dear to him, even if it terrified him as a child. Browsing the shelves, Powers also singles out Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, an “action movie of words” that inspired his approach to dialogue.
Watch the above video to see what else Powers took home, then head to our shop to purchase a copy of One Night in Miami . . ., which features a conversation between Powers, King, and critic Gil Robertson.