‘Mudbound’: Dee Rees, Faith, and the Long Path She Took to Make Her Epic Oscar Contender

‘Mudbound’: Dee Rees, Faith, and the Long Path She Took to Make Her Epic Oscar Contender
Dee Rees is a tall woman of fierce charisma. She’s the kind of director who talks fast, ideas coming so quickly that those less inclined can barely keep up. And yet her output has been slow: After Focus Features snapped up her breakout 2011 feature debut “Pariah” at Sundance, it was four years before HBO Film’s Emmy and DGA-award-winning 2015 biopic “Bessie.”

“There’s an assumption that men who do small personal movies can leap to deliver larger things,” said “Bessie” producer Shelby Stone. “It’s much harder for women.”

Finally, we get to see Rees fulfill her promise with “Mudbound,” a Sundance triumph that set the 2017 festival sales record with its $12.5 million sale to Netflix, and opened AFI Fest November 9 after wowing crowds at seven film festivals.

When Rees received the Sundance Next Fest Vanguard Award in August, her presenter, “Pariah” star Kim Wayans, said it best: “The introverted,
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New to Streaming: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Operation Avalanche,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Tower,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

As we await Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film later this year, one now has the chance to see his sprawling second feature about the world of pornography in a 70s and 80s Los Angeles on Netflix. Boogie Nights, which features much of the ensemble — including Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham — at their best,
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15 Films to See in July

Are you all caught up with the best films of 2016 so far? It’s now time to turn to the other half of the year and July kicks things off with a promising slate of festival favorites and hopefully a decent summer blockbuster or two. It should be noted that the Coens‘ debut Blood Simple, recently restored, is getting a theatrical release ahead of a Criterion bow in the fall, so make sure to seek that out if it’s playing near you.

Matinees to See: Our Kind of Traitor (7/1), Men Go to Battle (7/8), The Infiltrator (7/13), Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (7/13), Tulip Fever (7/15), Seventh Fire (7/22), Summertime (7/22), The Land (7/29), Into the Forest (7/29), Gleason (7/29), Equity (7/29)

15. Cafe Society (Woody Allen; July 15th)

Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Matt Boyd’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This February, we feature Matt Boyd, an independent filmmaker whose debut docu feature, A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument premiered at such fests as Hot Docs in Toronto and Raindance Film Festival in London, and is now set to be released theatrically (with a one week run starting February 8th at ReRun Theater in Dumbo Brooklyn) via Factory 25 folks. We’ve charted the filmmaker’s journey into film and how he found the subject for his documentary and as added bonus material: you can plunge into Matt Boyd’s personal Top Ten films of all time.

Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you? How did your love affair with film began?

Matt Boyd: I can’t say any films were necessarily very important to me as a child.
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