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

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‘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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Fests from American Indian Film Festival to Winter Film Awards Celebrate Differences and Diversity

Global gatherings celebrate cultures, ethnicities and people from all walks of life. Variety has compiled a list of these notable upcoming festivals for the 2017-18 year.

American Indian Film Festival

As the “oldest and best known” Native American cinema outlet, the Aiff aims to increase mainstream awareness of Native American cinema, develop an audience, and create authentic representations of native peoples in cinema. Nov. 3-11

Asian World Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based fest showcases films from 50 countries across Asia and aims to create better recognition for its filmmakers and strengthen the Asian film market. All films selected to represent their country at the Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. awards are automatically invited to be exhibited and have an opportunity to display their films to Oscar, Golden Globes and guild voters. Oct. 25-Nov. 2

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

In 2015 Ajff became the largest Jewish film festival in the world; now it continues to showcase international cinema through a Jewish
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'Patti Cake$': The Story Behind the Feminem Underdog Movie of 2017

'Patti Cake$': The Story Behind the Feminem Underdog Movie of 2017
Meet Patricia Dumbrowski, a.k.a. Killa P. a.k.a. White Trish, a.k.a. Marilyn Mansion. Maybe you know the plus-size young woman from suburban New Jersey by the nickname the local knuckleheads have christened her with: Dumbo. Or maybe you know her by the wannabe white-girl rapper by her stage name, Patti Cake$. In between working works dead-end jobs and tending bar in a seedy dive, the aspiring Mc writing rhymes, spits battle raps in gas station parking lots and freestyles at her own determined reflection in the bathroom mirror.
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Quentin Tarantino among Sundance Next Fest honourees

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Quentin Tarantino among Sundance Next Fest honourees
Event to run in Los Angeles from August 10-13.

Seven films will screen at Sundance Next Fest at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles in August.

Quentin Tarantino and Mudbound and Pariah director Dee Rees will receive the Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award.

The line-up features Janicza Bravo’s Lemon; the first seven episodes of Marvin Lemus’ comedic drama Gente-fied; Justin Chon’s Next 2017 audience award winner Gook; Marianna Palka’s Bitch starring Jason Ritter and Jaime King; documentary grand jury prize winner Dina from Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles; Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits; and Michelle Morgan’s L.A. Times.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said: “This year’s weekend festival offers everything from a Sundance throwback to our first-ever Next Fest episodic screening; the perfect blend to give Angelenos a taste of our Park City festival. A majority of these movies, filmmakers and musicians are from Los Angeles, so it’s a
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Sundance Next Fest to Honor Quentin Tarantino, Dee Rees

Sundance Next Fest to Honor Quentin Tarantino, Dee Rees
Sundance Next Fest will honor Quentin Tarantino and Dee Rees with Vanguard Awards, and will include seven films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and three music performances.

The festival, now in its fifth year in Los Angeles, will take place Aug. 10-13 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles festival is an extension of the Sundance Next section in Park City, Utah, which has included “Obvious Child,” “Compliance,” “Appropriate Behavior,” “Tangerine,” and “Escape From Tomorrow.”

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “This year’s weekend festival offers everything from a Sundance throwback to our first-ever Next Fest episodic screening; the perfect blend to give Angelenos a taste of our Park City Festival. A majority of these movies, filmmakers and musicians are from Los Angeles, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate hometown talent.”

Tarantino will be presented
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UK film centre in Cannes: Full line-up of events

UK film centre in Cannes: Full line-up of events
On Sunday agents and producers discuss what feature film offers talent in the boom era of high-end TV.

The line-up for the UK Film Centre at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 18-27) includes a talent talk with the producers of Yorgos LanthimosThe Killing Of A Sacred Deer, a discussion about Brexit and a panel on attracting world-class talent (hosted by Screen International editor Matt Mueller).

The UK Film Centre is run by We Are UK Film, whose partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), the British Film Commission (Bfc), British Council, Creative Scotland, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.

The UK Film Centre will be in Cannes from May 17-26 at Pavilion 119 of the International Village Riviera and is open for international and UK delegates from 9am – 6pm.

The full events line-up is below:

Monday 22Nd

The Practical Guide to Closing your Film (In association with European Film Bonds): 10.00 - 11.00

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Events line-up for UK Film Centre in Cannes announced

Events line-up for UK Film Centre in Cannes announced
Panels will tackle Brexit, attracting world class talent and working with Yorgos Lanthimos.

The line-up for the UK Film Centre at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 18-27) has been announced.

The free events include a talent talk with the producers of Yorgos LanthimosThe Killing Of A Sacred Deer, a discussion about Brexit and a panel on attracting world-class talent (hosted by Screen International editor Matt Mueller).

The UK Film Centre is run by We Are UK Film, whose partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), the British Film Commission (Bfc), British Council, Creative Scotland, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.

The UK Film Centre will be in Cannes from May 17-26 at Pavilion 119 of the International Village Riviera and is open for international and UK delegates from 9am – 6pm.

The full events line-up is below:

Thursday 18th

Films without Borders (screening): 14.00 - 15.00

A showcase of films from young people living in challenging circumstances
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Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award

Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.

This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.

“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of
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Sundance London to Open With European Premiere of ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

Sundance London to Open With European Premiere of ‘Beatriz at Dinner’
Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner,” starring Salma Hayek, will open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, it was announced Tuesday.

The film will see its European premiere in June at the British outpost of the Park City festival. Sundance London is now in its fifth year.

Hayek is confirmed to attend the screening, alongside director Arteta and writer Mike White, which will take place June 1 at London’s Picturehouse Central.

Arteta said he was especially excited to premiere the film to British audiences “at such a politically polarized time in world history.” “Amidst the comedy, drama and brilliant performances in the film, Mike’s script weaves some timely and potent political commentary,” said the director. “I cannot wait to see how audiences outside the United States will react.”

The announcement of the film’s opening slot at Sundance London came just minutes ahead of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s
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Sundance London 2017 opening film revealed

The film set to open this year’s Sundance London Festival has been revealed. That film will be Beatriz At Dinner from director Miguel Arteta. Salma Hayek leads the cast and both have been confirmed to be attending the festival in London this summer.

Beatriz At Dinner revolves around Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, who has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

The film world premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, and will be introduced to London audiences by director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White, and lead actress Salma Hayek on Thursday 1 June at Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly, London.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival,
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Sundance London to open with 'Beatriz At Dinner' starring Salma Hayek

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Sundance London to open with 'Beatriz At Dinner' starring Salma Hayek
Miguel Arteta’s “dramedy of manners” will kick off festival on June 1.

Beatriz At Dinner will open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4).

The film will be introduced by director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White and lead actress Salma Hayek at Picturehouse Central on June 1.

Beatriz At Dinner had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA and co-stars alongside John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny and Jay Duplass.

Hayek plays Beatriz, a Mexican immigrant in California whose life changes forever when she meets a self-made billionaire at a dinner party.

The full programme for the Sundance Film Festival: London will be announced soon.

The UK offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival, which puts a spotlight on American independent cinema, retains a June berth in 2017 following last year’s shift from its previous April slot.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We look
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Sundance London to open with Salma Hayek's 'Beatriz At Dinner'

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Sundance London to open with Salma Hayek's 'Beatriz At Dinner'
Miguel Arteta’s “dramedy of manners” will kick off festival on June 1.

Beatriz At Dinner will open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4).

The film will be introduced by director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White and lead actress Salma Hayek at Picturehouse Central on June 1.

Beatriz At Dinner had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA and co-stars alongside John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny and Jay Duplass.

Hayek plays Beatriz, a Mexican immigrant in California whose life changes forever when she meets a self-made billionaire at a dinner party.

The full programme for the Sundance Film Festival: London will be announced soon.

The UK offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival, which puts a spotlight on American independent cinema, retains a June berth in 2017 following last year’s shift from its previous April slot.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We look
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Beatriz At Dinner to open Sundance: London by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-04-18 11:23:59

Salma Hayek, Connie Britton and Chloe Sevigny in Beatriz At Dinner - Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Photo: Lacey Terrell Sundance Institute has announced that Sundance Film Festival: London will open on June 1 at Picturehouse Central with the European premiere of Beatriz At Dinner.

The satire, directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White, stars Salma Hayek as a new age sort who finds herself inadvertently sharing a meal with her rich employer, locking horns with her real estate developer husband Don Strutt (John Lithgow) along the way.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We look forward to launching our fifth festival
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New Monsters Unleashed Video Featuring The Music Of Skillet Drops

Although we still have a couple more issues to go before Monsters Unleashed officially wraps, Marvel is doing their part to get the word out by circulating yet another promo video. Whereas the previous one reminded me more of 1950’s era footage, this one come across more like a modern news report.

Once again making use of motion comics, the latest offering does its best to make you feel like you’re living in the Marvel Universe and these kaiju-like creatures are tearing up your hometown. But luckily, you happen to exist within a universe that also has superheroes, so characters who are mentioned such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and Captain Marvel are probably much appreciated.

Similarly, Marvel has entertained fans in recent memory with a variety of music videos, and it seems like they tried to continue that trend here by featuring the track “Back from
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Sundance announces award winners by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-01-29 17:33:16

Fares Fares and Hania Amar in The Nile Hilton Incident - in Cairo, weeks before the 2011 revolution, Police Detective Noredin is working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station when he is handed the case of a murdered singer. He soon realizes that the investigation concerns the power elite, close to the President’s inner circle. Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival drew to a close last night at an awards ceremony in Park City, Utah, that was dominated by talk of Donald Trump's executive order to ban Muslims travelling from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia, including refugees, from entering the Us for the next 90 days.

The big winners included Syrian documentary The Last Men In Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen, Macon Blair's drama I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, Dina, direted by DAn Sickles and Antonio Santini
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Sundance: 'I Don’t Feel At Home', 'Dina' among 2017 prize winners

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Sundance: 'I Don’t Feel At Home', 'Dina' among 2017 prize winners
The Sundance 2017 juries and audiences unveiled their picks on Saturday night.

In the grand jury prizes, Macon Blair’s I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore claimed the Us dramatic award and Dina by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini won U.S. documentary.

Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident won world dramatic and Last Men In Aleppo by Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen prevailed in the world documentary category.

In the audience awards, Matt Ruski’s Crown Heights and Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral were the favourites in the Us dramatic and documentary strands.

World cinema selections I Dream In Another Language by Ernesto Contreras and Joe Piscatella’s Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower emerged victorious in the dramatic and documentary sections.

“This has been one of the wildest, wackiest and most rewarding festivals in recent memory,” said festival director John Cooper. “From a new government to the independently organised Women’s March On Main
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Sundance Blog: 2017 is the Snowiest Year at Sundance in a Long Time

The snow first started falling in Park City on Thursday, and it didn't stop until Tuesday. I was hoping for a snowy Sundance this year, but not this much snow. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has been one of the snowiest Sundances in a long time. I've been attending for 11 years, and I can't remember it being as snowy and wet and cold as this year. Everyone is talking about it, even Sundance Director John Cooper, and pretty much every last attendee who has to trudge through the piles of snow and slippery sidewalks to get to screenings around Park City, Utah. But, of course, it's the snow that makes this a magical festival unlike any other and no matter what, the show must go on. So we bundle up, throw on some boots, and head back out. Everyone here braving the snow and cold is doing so in the name of cinema.
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Winners and Losers From Sundance 2017 (So Far)

Winter storms weren’t the only things causing headaches during the first week of the Sundance Film Festival. Buyers were griping that the movies being screened at this year’s gathering were aggressively uncommercial and that agents were pushing for wide releases and big paydays for films that will appeal only to small audiences.

Then there were the political issues. The inauguration overshadowed what was intended to be a celebration of artists, and inspired protestors to storm Main Street for the Women’s March. The events over the past few days also pointed to a political divide that has left many filmmakers feeling out of touch with the people who elected a president seen as being hostile to diversity, the environment, and free speech — touchstones for the Sundance faithful.

“Welcome to the bubble,” festival director John Cooper quipped at one film premiere.

But there is another kind of bubble in the mountains.
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Sundance: Thousands brave poor weather to join March On Main

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Sundance: Thousands brave poor weather to join March On Main
Main Street was inundated during Saturday’s March On Main as approximately 4,000 people according to police estimates took over Park City.

Marchers resisted the snow and low temperatures to bear placards in support of women’s rights, the environment and healthcare as a strong anti-Donald Trump sentiment rippled through the crowd. At time of writing there had been no arrests.

The march was one of 350 sister events across the Us and 20 countries in conjunction with the huge Women’s March On Washington on the first day of the 45th Us president’s term of office.

“Hello all you pussies!” actress Mara Bello told the assembled Park City crowd. “When they punch you in the pussy, punch them back with your pussy power.”

Bello’s comments drew prolonged cheers and were in reference to Trump’s notorious 2005 remarks about groping women that came to light late last year.

#MarchOnMain organising committee member Chelsea Handler led the march
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