Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Website 'Withoutabox' Crashes Under Deluge of HBO Access Writing Submissions Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios to Shut Down in December (But is It a Good Thing?) Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' Steve McQueen Is Directing a Music Video for Kanye West's Latest Single 'All Day' If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix If You've Been Waiting for It to Get There, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Is Now Streaming on Netflix 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year 2016 Oscar Outlook - 15 Black Actors, Actresses, Directors, Films That May Be in Contention Next Year Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Premiering Tonight at 10pm: 2-Part Documentary 'Freeway: Crack in the System' on Al Jazeera America (Trailer) Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam" Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? Nick Cannon Gets Behind New Live-Action Musical Series, 'Make It Pop,' for Upcoming TV Season Nick Cannon Gets Behind New Live-Action Musical Series, 'Make It Pop,' for Upcoming TV Season A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Sundance 2012 - Settling Into Day 2 + "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Has Distribution Companies Roaring!

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 21, 2012 at 11:06AM

So this is Day 2 at the Sundance Film Festival for me; I had a rough day arriving yesterday, thanks to Delta Airlines, but I made it. I managed to get 2 film screenings in (I reviewed 1 earlier today 4 posts beneath this one). 
9
Beasts

So this is Day 2 at the Sundance Film Festival for me; I had a rough day arriving yesterday, thanks to Delta Airlines, but I made it. I managed to get 2 film screenings in (I reviewed 1 earlier today 4 posts beneath this one). 

I'm trying to suppress a cold bug that just snuck up on me the night before I left for Park City, UT for the festival, so I can't say I'm comfortable and fully settled in yet; alas, there's work to be done, and I'm your man! 

I've got a full slate today, with 4 screenings in immediate succession, so send some virus healing energy my way, so that I feel better (not worse) as the day progresses.

The 4 films I'll be seeing today are The Words (Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana thriller), Beasts Of The Southern Wild (I'll get to that in a minute), The Raid (the much-talked about Indonesian martial arts action movie) and a documentary called Detropia (a said to be painterly work on a city - Detroit - on the brink of dissolution).

And after all that, as long as I'm not killing over, I've got a party to attend :)

But back to Beasts Of The Southern Wild (photo still above)...

It premiered at the festival yesterday and, from what I've heard and read, it's THE film to beat at this year's event. It got a standing ovation at the end, as did the filmmaker when he was introduced afterward, and I haven't spoken to anyone who's seen it, or read any early reviews of it that didn't praise it.

And I woke up this morning to find THIS piece on The Hollywood Reporter's website titled Sundance 2012: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Has Buyers Roaring.

Need I say more? That's certainly not a headline you'd read often with films centered on stories about people of African descent, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it at noon today; and of course my review will follow sometime after.

According to THR, several buyers, including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, Focus and The Weinstein Co., have been circling the film, so it looks like a pickup maybe a guarantee for the film, with an announcement coming sooner than later.

We'll see... I also hear it's not what you'd call mainstream material, so there's always that challenge/hindrance.

I'll have a better idea once I see it later today.

Till then... 

This article is related to: Sundance 2012


Shadow & ActNewsletter