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Middle of Nowhere (2012)

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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

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Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Ruby
Omari Hardwick ... Derek
Edwina Findley Dickerson ... Rosie (as Edwina Findley)
Sharon Lawrence ... Fraine
Lorraine Toussaint ... Ruth
David Oyelowo ... Brian
Maya Dunbar ... Gina (as Maya Gilbert)
Bruce Katzman ... Averick
Troy Curvey III ... Rashad
Yvette Cason Yvette Cason ... Mrs. Hastings
Andy Earnest Spencer ... Bus Hustler (as Andy Spencer)
Romann Aric Romann Aric ... Jordann
Nehemiah Sutton Nehemiah Sutton ... Nickie
Nisa Ward Nisa Ward ... Fraine's Assistant
Dondre Whitfield ... Littleton
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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

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Rated R for some language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,030, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,030, 14 October 2012
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2.35 : 1
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For this film Ava DuVernay won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, becoming the first African-American woman to win it. See more »

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In Derek's parole hearing, Franie first summarizes that Derek has been in jail for 4 years and 2 months, then she says that he has served over 4½ years. See more »

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Ruby: What do you want me to say?
Ruth: Maybe my expectations are so low at this point, I'll accept anything from you.
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Can't Be Mad, I Was Trying To Go Somewhere... Support This Film!
4 December 2012 | by blackprojectionistSee all my reviews

I'm always really happy to see films directed by African American women, period. It's so hard to get a budget, so hard to make it happen, and so few sistas writing and directing feature length narrative films, I make a point to support. When Ava DuVernay won the Best Director award 2012's Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, I was really overjoyed, and excited to see the film. Especially since the film covers a subject I'm very passionate about, incarceration of African American men. I was also excited to see that David Oyewolo was cast to play "Brian," as I consider him one of the greatest actors in Hollywood; the Sidney Poitier of his generation. And wow, the lead played by Emayatzy Corinealdi was a real treat to see her work, she's beautiful and has chops! Add one of the most talented up and coming Directors of Photography, Bradford Young to the equation and yooooooooo! So, I'm all the way in... and yeah... I find myself in the middle of nowhere. I want to feel more, the actors are good... and the film is kind of muted, seems to be mostly shot in natural light, lots of shadows, brooding. No commentary on prison industrial complex, this film is about relationships, in a vacuum. But I want to talk about brothers being incarcerated and an exponentially greater margin for the same crimes committed by white males, but... yeah... no, not this film. So, I got over that, and rode the film for what it is, a look at a difficult time in a woman's life, who had really invested a lot in her relationship with her incarcerated husband. You know what I dug though, we get to see folks who are living on the margins in L.A., like they don't cars and have to take the bus, folks are struggling... like in reality out there. And I really respect DuVernay for letting her characters be struggling financially, which is in itself actually revolutionary for most films that have to do with Black characters in Hollywood these days... it's like it's daring to not be corporate lawyers, athletes, marketing tycoons or whatever. Yeah, I want to see a story about a bus driver, an nurse and an incarcerated brother, here played by Omari Hardwick. So why do I feel, like I want to like this film more than I actually did when I left the theater. Is it because it didn't offer a Hollywood ending for me? Nooooo, that can't be it!!!! Definitely worth seeing, but wasn't really the film I had got so hyped to see.


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