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