Emergency Feature Film Arrives in Theaters and Amazon Prime Video

Director Carey Williams and screenwriter KD Davila’s narrative feature film Emergency is a Sundance Film Festival 2022 winner of the Screenwriting Award and subsequently was an Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival in the Festival Favorites category this past March. If it sounds familiar, it can be because it was a 2018 award winning short. Emergency has a theatrical release in LA, NY and nationwide on Friday, May 20th and will be on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, May 27th.


Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), are both seniors in college about to embark on an epic night of Spring Break parties. Sean has the whole night planned out, including every party they will hit on their “legendary tour.” Kunle is down, yet mostly concerned with finishing up his mold experiment in his lab, as his acceptance to Princeton is hinging on the results. They return to their apartment to pre-game, yet find that their roommate, Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), left the door open. As they enter with trepidation, Sean and Kunle discover a drunk, semi-conscious White female they don’t know on the floor and an oblivious Carlos, who didn’t hear her come in over the videogame blaring in his ears. Kunle wants to call the cops but Sean vehemently opposes the idea concerned how it will look when the cops show up (two Black men, one Latino man and a passed out White woman).

Together, Carlos, Sean and Kunle load the girl – who they nickname Goldilocks, but whose real name is Emma (Maddie Nichols) – into Sean’s van, with the intention of taking her somewhere safe rather than calling the police. Meanwhile, Emma’s sister, Maddy (Sabrina Carpenter), has realized that Emma left the party they were at, and begins to search for her in a drunk panic using Emma’s phone’s location. What ensues is a chaotic, hilarious, and tension- filled chase all over town as our trio grapples with their differences while attempting to bring Emma to safety.

The film stars RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter, Maddie Nichols, Madison Thompson, and Diego Abraham.

Language: English

Running Time: 105 minutes and is rated R

Film reviews will be forthcoming on this site. The film is currently available in Austin at the Galaxy Theater, so check your local listings for this and other theaters in the area.

Source: Amazon Prime, SXSW

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