The Sundance Film Festival has come and gone in Park City, Utah but we’re still super excited. Why? Because there were quite a few films presented during the 10-day fest featuring folks of color … and you know we love rooting for the black people.
Here are five, in no particular order, that had us hype and should be hitting a theater or streaming service later this year.
Idris Elba makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Victor Headley’s British cult novel about a young Jamaican with a score to settle, navigating the drug-dealing underworld of 1980s London.
Cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Everaldo Creary, Sheldon Shepherd, Naomie Ackie, Calvin Demba, Johann Myers, Adnan Mustafa, Jumayn Hunter, Duramaney Kamara
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. Directed by Boots Riley Sorry To Bother You was picked up for distribution by Annapurna Pictures.
Cast: Tessa Thompson, LaKeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover, Omari Hardwick and Terry Crews
Burden is based on a true story about a taciturn repo man who is rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina but soon has a change of heart after meeting a single mother and an idealistic preacher who offers him safety and a chance for redemption.
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Tom Wilkinson, Forest Whitaker, Usher
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night
Directed by Qasim Basir, A Boy. A. Girl. A Dream is the story of two people who met on the night Donald Trump is elected. Cass, an L.A. club promoter, who takes a thrilling and emotional journey with Frida, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers.
Cast: Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good, Jay Ellis, Dijon Talton
Blindspotting was Sundance’s opening-night selection for 2018, and was later acquired by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films and Summit Entertainment. The movie stars “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs as a man on the last days of his parole. He moves boxes out of houses with his friend (Rafael Casal), as they navigate a series of tense situations in their neighborhood involving race and violence.
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Rafael Casal