On the afternoon of Friday November 22, Apple Originals announced what was widely expected: the release of George Nolfi’s “The Banker” has been delayed indefinitely. The film, scheduled for a limited theatrical release on December 6 with the assistance of Bleecker Street, already had its AFI Fest closing-night premiere November 21 canceled abruptly the day before. Apple cited “concerns” about the film that stars Anthony Mackie as Bernard Garrett, Sr., a man who launched a financial institution that gave loans to African Americans when few banks in the U.S. would. A streaming release on Apple TV+ also now seems very much in doubt.
However, a comment on IndieWire’s article about a panel discussion for the film held at our own Consider This Fyc Brunch on November 5 in Los Angeles pointed to what those “concerns” might be.
Cynthia Garrett, a former VH1 and MTV broadcaster, wrote a lengthy statement about how