Hangtime is a short film about the commercial Black art world. Hangtime explores how complicated aspects of Black history such as slavery and lynching are depicted, handled, and commodified in the name of art. As opposed to focusing exclusively on the perspective and responsibility of the Black artist, Hangtime brings the Black art worker, artist and collector into one frame, critically depicting a broader artistic ecosystem. Hangtime was written and directed by Chester Vincent Toye.
Hangtime is an official selection at the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival and is competing in their Oscar qualifying shorts competition.
Executive Producers — Hank Willis Thomas, Lynn and Vincent Toye,
Alexandra Pechman, and the Stolbun Family
Director — Chester Toye
DP — Pierce Robinson
Producer — Anne Alexander
Production Manager — Rafaela Sanchez
Production Designer — Sydney Weinberger
Editor — Brian Monroe Simpson
Original Score — Theo Walentiny
Color — Kya Lou, Primary
Sound Designer — Chase Everett
Arnold — Demorge Brown
Joe — David McClain Jr.
Mrs. Smith — Latarsha Rose
Gardner — Brandon Morgan