Select "Black Films" at Sundance 2018 (Jan 18-28)

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There will never be a shortage of creativity to come from African American community.  The annual Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 18 to 28 is just one piece of compelling evidence to back up this aforementioned statement.

 

Festival premieres include a new work by Boots Riley, “Sorry to Bother You”, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Omari Hardwick and a documentary on Sri Lankan artist and musician M.I.A.  We also get two special events: Spike Lee’s PassOver and RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon.

There are 27 feature length films and 10 shorts offered.  Here are our picks for films to check out at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Blindspotting

A buddy comedy in a world that won't let it be one. Starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar , and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Burden

After opening a KKK shop, Klansman Michael Burden falls in love with a single mom who forces him to confront his senseless hatred. Starring Forest Whitaker and Usher Raymond.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Circa 1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth's acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel.

Monster

“Monster” is what the prosecutor calls 17 year old honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon. Charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit.  Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, and Jennifer Hudson.

Monsters and Men

This interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man. Starring Anthony Ramos.

Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe. Starring Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, and Omari Hardwick.

TYREL

Tyler spirals out of control when he realizes he’s the only black person attending a weekend birthday party in a secluded cabin. Starring Jason Mitchell.

Crime + Punishment

Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

An intimate look into the life of Sri Lankan artist and musician M.I.A using personal footage spanning decades.

A Boy, A Girl, A Dream

Directed by Qasim Basir. On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, takes a thrilling and emotional journey with Frida, a Midwestern visitor. Starring Omari Hardwick, and Meagan Good.

Night Comes On

Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister.

I Am Not a Witch

After a minor incident, nine-year old Shula is exiled to a witch camp where she is told that if she escapes, she'll be transformed into a goat.

King In The Wilderness

A portrait of the last years of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s remarkable life.

Come Sunday

Internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson — experiencing a crisis of faith — risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic. Based on actual events. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, and Condola Rashad.

Pass Over / U.S.A

This special event is created by Spike Lee, Danya Taymor and Antoinette Nwandu

A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, capturing the poetry, humor and humanity of this urgent and timely play about two young black men talking shit, passing the time and dreaming of the promised land. Starring Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, and Blake DeLong.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon

A retrospective of VH1’s Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on the heels of its10th season, and a panel hosted by RuPaul with executive producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, along with Tom Campbell and Pamela Post, senior vice president of Original Programming for MTV, VH1 and Logo.

Leimert Park

Directed by producer Mel Jones. Things get complicated when three friends share a house in South LA’s Leimert Park.

Dinner Party

A short virtual reality thriller that dramatizes the incredible story of Betty and Barney Hill, who in the 1960's reported the first nationally known UFO abduction case in America.

Masters of the Sun

In1983, Los Angeles was spared from utter destruction driven by an ancient evil. The ghetto became ground zero for drug epidemic that transformed citizens into soul-sucking zombies.