Feb 9, 2019 1:00 PM 6+ day ago
We came; we shivered; we Sundanced. We saw as many films as possible in 10 days. The snow has settled, and we've had some time to process what we watched. Attending Sundance is a gift that gives all year, because the films projected linger in your consciousness long after you've left Park City. Chinonye Chukwu receives the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for her film Clemency Photo by Rin Ehlers Sheldon Audiences in 2019 will likely share the sentiments of so many we encountered in ticket-holder and waitlist lines at this film festival. The world is already in pretty shaky shape. We're not really looking for films that make us feel the outlook is bleak. If we're going to be devastated by our entertainment, we better learn something from it, and that lesson better not be that people are awful and that life is trivial. Thankfully, this year's crop of features should leave you feeling fairly inspired to get out there and RISK INDEPENDENCE. Here are the ones we think filmmakers will be especially excited to see. Clemency Alfre Woodard in Clemency. Image Courtesy of The Sundance Institute. Written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, this film took home the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S Dramatic films at the festival. The Grand Jury Prize can really be taken home by any film that makes it into Sundance, depending on who makes up the jury, and how they are impacted by the narrative, but Clemency is not just any film. It is a parable of Social justice and a masterful first feature from Chukwu. Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge give unforgettably raw and intimate performances as Chukwu's script takes a submarine into the darkest of human experiences. This is ...Read more.
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