Black Films @ Sundance 2016: "Southside With You" and "Morris From America"

Discussion in 'Movies and Shorts' started by Jaa, Feb 13, 2016.

Tags:
  1. Jaa

    Jaa
    The 100 Daps Club

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2015
    Messages:
    395
    Daps Received:
    665
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    USA
    [​IMG]
    A relative once told me that he wished there were more quality films with predominantly black casts that didn't cover familiar ground like growing up in the hood and slavery. He doesn't discount their importance, but would like to see more stories of black people in unfamiliar situations or slices of different kinds of lives. This year's Sundance Festival seems to offer a couple of those, stories featuring black people doing everyday things in a manner rarely shown by Hollywood, in addition to "Birth of a Nation" which tells a different kind of slavery tale. Both have had their rights purchased. I'm guessing they'll receive limited releases later this year.

    ----------------------------

    "Southside With You" is about the first date between Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during the summer of 1989. A critic favorably compares it to Before Sunrise, a romance that's basically a series of conversations between two strangers wandering around Vienna, Austria, with a bit of discussion of black identity. It seems like Parker did not try to perfectly emulate his voice. This early review makes it sound like a cool romance. It gives a lot of details about the plot, in case you like to see movies with as little advance knowledge as possible. And here's a brief clip.

    Sundance Film Review: ‘Southside With You’



    -----------------------------

    "Morris From America" is a dramedy about 13-year-old aspiring rapper Morris (Markees Christmas) coming of age in Germany with his widowed father (Craig Robinson). He grapples with living in a place where everyone looks and speaks differently, and may find young love with a girl who might expand his musical tastes. It sounds like the plot follows familiar coming-of-age story beats, but praises the relationship between Morris and his dad, the hip-hop and EDM score, the story's maturity, and the writing of the characters, in general.

    Sundance Film Review: ‘Morris From America’

    [​IMG]
     
    #1 Jaa, Feb 13, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2016
  2. NickAuzenneNOLA

    The Great Debater The 100 Daps Club

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2015
    Messages:
    264
    Daps Received:
    574
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    NOLA/Chicago
    Orientation:
    Bisexual
    Dating:
    Single
    I had the pleasure of attending Sundance this year with a few friends, one of which worked on the new Birth of A Nation project with Nate Parker, and all of the films were accolade worthy but definitely Nation and Southside got the most attention!
     
    Jaa dapped this.
Loading...
Similar Threads - Black Films Sundance Forum Date
Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films Movies and Shorts Feb 1, 2019
Do You Share Your Black Gay Relationship on Social Media? Dating and Relationships May 8, 2020
Black Gay Fatherhood Group Discussions Mar 8, 2020
Black students are more likely to enroll in honors courses if they're taught by a black teacher Career, Work, Finances and Education Feb 27, 2020
Are Black Male Voters Forgotten? T.I. Says the Government Has an 'Agenda to Remove Us Out of the Pic Race, Religion, Science and Politics Feb 21, 2020

Share This Page

Loading...