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Sundown: A Time Capsule Society Mystery

By: Michael DiMartino
Narrated by: Asante Blackk,Storm Reid,Devery Jacobs,Ines de Castillo,Robbie Daymond,Richard Ferrone,Jonathan Davis,Dina Pearlman,Victor Bevine,Corey Allen,Adam Grupper,Robert Fass,Josh Hurley,Lisa Renee Pitts,full cast
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Episodes
  • Jun 23 2022
    What if you could travel back in time 100 years and right the wrongs of the past—would you take the risk? “Sundown: A Time Travel Society Mystery” is a wildly imaginative podcast from Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator of the animated classics “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra.” “Sundown” explores the story of a group of teens who go back into the past and uncover secrets about themselves, their families, their town—and America. 17-year-old Darius Hightower (played by Emmy-nominated actor Asante Blackk of “When They See Us”) is just about the only Black person in his small New England town of Norhaven. Adopted by a wealthy white family when he was a baby, Darius has learned to keep his head down and not challenge his family or its history. But when the outspoken Sanaa Starr (played by NAACP Image Award-winner Storm Reid of “Euphoria”) transfers to his high school and starts asking questions, Darius re-examines the truth about his ancestors’ involvement in the town’s most infamous murder. A time capsule from 1920 may hold some clues, but when Norhaven’s most powerful conspire to destroy its contents, it’s up to Darius, Sanaa, and their friends (including “Reservation Dogs” star Devery Jacobs) to investigate what really happened. After a strange incident sends them back 100 years to the scene of the crime, their fact-finding mission becomes life-or-death. Forced to confront their town’s prejudiced past, the teens race against time in order save an innocent man’s life and clear his name. “Sundown” is a sci-fi mystery adventure like you’ve never heard before.
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  • Jun 23 2022
    A mysterious new student, Sanaa Starr, transfers to Norhaven High. The contents of a 100-year-old time capsule in Norhaven, Rhode Island, rock the lives of Darius Hightower and his friends.
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    57 mins
  • Jun 23 2022
    As they produce a podcast for a school project, Darius, Sanaa, Cameron, Lizzie, and Mireya uncover the troubled history of their town. The discovery of a time travel machine changes all their lives.
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    30 mins

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About the Creator

Michael Dante DiMartino is the creator and writer of the Audible drama Sundown. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film and Animation, DiMartino became an animation director, working on the prime-time series King of the Hill and Family Guy. DiMartino is the co-creator of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra. From 2002 to 2014, he served as executive producer and story editor for both series. He continued Korra’s story as the writer of the graphic novels Turf Wars and Ruins of the Empire. He is also the author of the fantasy novels Rebel Genius and Warrior Genius. Currently, DiMartino serves as the co-Chief Creative Officer of Avatar Studios, developing new content for the Avatarverse.

About the Performer

Asante Blackk received widespread critical acclaim for his Emmy and Critics’ Choice nominated performance in Ava DuVernay’s limited series When They See Us fka Central Park Five. Asante can most recently be seen in NBC’s This Is Us opposite Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore where he was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award.
Asante just wrapped starring opposite Tiffany Haddish in Cory Finley’s Landscape With Invisible Hand for MGM and Plan B.

About the Performer

Storm Reid is an actress, producer, artivist and student at USC. She is best known for starring as "Meg" in Disney’s live action adaptation of the acclaimed children's novel A Wrinkle In Time, which was directed by multi-award winner Ava DuVernay. Her recent credits include: Blumhouse’s Don't Let Go (2019) and Invisible Man (2020), Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series When They See Us (2019), HBO’s Euphoria (2019-), Hulu’s animated children’s series The Bravest Knight (2019), and The Suicide Squad (2021). Next up, Reid will star in the film One Way where she acted alongside Travis Fimmel, Kevin Bacon and Dreade Matteo, Searching 2, starring opposite Nia Long and HBO’s The Last of Us.
In 2013, Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson launched A Seed & Wings Productions, an independent multimedia production house rooted in narratives that forge multi-cultural conversations, entertain, educate, and uplift. Their desire is to create authentic storytelling that is impactful, honest, and reflects the perspectives of all people. In 2021, Reid starred, created, and produced (alongside Simpson for her own banner) Facebook Watch’s "Chop it Up," a conversation series by way of cooking.
Photographed by Natasha Wilson

About the Performer

Devery Jacobs is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s most exciting rising stars and as a socially conscious voice from Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, using her platform to advocate for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ rights.
Jacobs has recently been cast as a leading role in the latest Marvel series, ECHO. Jacobs can currently be seen as one of the leads in the groundbreaking new show Reservation Dogs, which recently won two Independent Spirit Awards and is airing now on FX and Hulu. Created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, Reservation Dogs follows a group of four Indigenous teens who live on an Oklahoma reservation while working - sometimes unconventionally - toward their dream of a better life in California. For her portrayal of "Elora Danan," Jacobs earned a Gotham Award nomination in the category of "Outstanding Performance in a New Series" and Reservation Dogs has been nominated in the category of "Breakthrough Series – Short Format." Jacobs also serves as a writer for the highly anticipated season two of Reservation Dogs.
Jacobs can be seen starring in Caroline Monnet’s feature film, Bootlegger. The story follows Mani, played by Jacobs, an ambitious lawyer in her 20s who heads back to her remote Indigenous community to help her people free themselves from outdated paternalistic laws. The film was awarded "Best Dramatic Feature Award" at the 2021 ImagineNATIVE Festival Awards and received "Best Screenplay" at Cannes’ Cinefondation in 2017.
Up next is Jacobs’ producorial debut narrative feature film Backspot, which is currently in pre-production.
Jacobs has amassed a significant body of work in several film and television productions with a wide reach in genres including Netflix Original horror drama series The Order, Amazon/Starz fantasy drama series American Gods, Blumhouse Productions’ The Lie. Her first breakout role came when she was cast as the lead role in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes For Young Ghouls. This role resulted in her nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Additional Canadian film credits include Blood Quantum, Cold and This Life. Crediting her work, Jacobs won "Best Performance in a Canadian Film" at the 2016 Whistler Film Fest and "Best Actress" at the 2017 American Indian Film Fest for her work in the feature film, The Sun at Midnight.
In 2022, Devery landed on the cover of Teen Vogue’s New Hollywood issue, and in 2021, she was placed on the Out100 list. In 2017, the Hollywood Reporter named Jacobs as one of Canada’s Rising Stars, which featured a list of breakout actors who are making an impact in Hollywood. In the same year, she was also honored by Telefilm Canada at the 2017 Birks Diamond Tribute, celebrating women in film. Jacobs was given the title of TIFF Rising Star at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jacobs has also explored the other side of the camera, with her directorial debut of the short film Stolen, which won "Best Aboriginal Film" at the 2017 Yorkton Film Festival. Her second short film Rae garnered "Best Youth Work" prize at the Imagine NATIVE Film Festival. It was also an official selection of the 2018 Palm Springs Short fest and was named as one of the "Best Female-Directed Films" by Refinery29. The feature film This Place, co-written by Jacobs, was named a recipient of the Talent to Watch fund from Telefilm Canada.
While pursuing her acting career, she studied to be a counsellor and worked at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. Jacobs attended the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Acting Conservatory, an intensive six-month program that explores the different techniques of acting.
Outside of acting and filmmaking, Devery Jacobs is fulfilling her goal of learning her Native language and taking Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) classes. Jacobs’ other passion lies in Indigenous rights and LGBTQ2S+ activism. She was an original founder of the Kahnawà:ke Youth Forum where she led and organized protests and rallies. Recently, Jacobs has been focusing her activism through her art, hoping to create change within communities, and to alter the perspective of how modern Indigenous people are seen.

Interview: Michael DiMartino’s New Podcast Series Holds Up a Mirror Towards Prejudice

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This story is racist

I can’t even finish listening to it. Here’s another piece about racism that actually keeps racism alive. Stop trying to divide everybody.

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drags on

the story is obsessed with racism. It has interesting facts and I believe it should talk about it, but it's all it talks about. there's barely even a story.

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so very pleased

I absolutely loved it. It's a very fun sci-fi twist on black trauma and some of the things blacks (POC in general) experienced as a people. If you are not afraid of things being exposed i say listen to it! it was fun, entertaining and educational. way more of a story than i expected.

The fact that there are reviews angered about the exposure of historical events and blaiming them for causing hate is sad. and it proves the point the creators of this drama are trying to make. its like a story about blacks can only be good and accepted if its about slavery -cue eye roll-

can't wait for the next installment.

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Excellent!

Excellent time travel podcast! A group of students accidentally travel back in time 100 years to discover the real truth about their town and their family. The discover that their town and family has been trying to cover up and forget their racist beginnings. A great listen and a great cast of voice actors!

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Very creative and engaging

I loved the cast. The story was interesting and had lots of twist that kept me wanting more. The ending was complete. I hate stories were the end is just open and your left with an empty feeling. This story came full circle.

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Very Engaging

This story kept me very interested. I hope there are more stories to come The characters were very relatable. I enjoyed this podcast it was very exciting!

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January 6th is just another example of...

Listening to this audio remain me of January 6th is just another example of repeating America's History! I love this 😍 audiobook!

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Fantastic audio drama!

Great storytelling. It was exciting to hear. History mixed with drama and personal growth of the characters. Cannot recommend this enough.

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exceptional show

such a great show. had me hooked from the first episode. the acting performances were quality and it was well written.

I'm confused by the several comments stating that the program was "all about racism" or "too much about racism". um, the show is called Sundown... ie. about Sundown towns, which is 100% about racism. the show is supposed to be about racism. so those comments make no sense.

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this is a great story.

I loved this series. I would love to be able to listen to more. it had me laughing out loud at some parts.

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