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Sundance 2013 Preview - 'Milkshake' (Al Jolson Descendant Strives To Be Black)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 2, 2013 at 1:04PM

David Andalman's Milkshake will make its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival later this month.
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Milkshake

David Andalman's Milkshake will make its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Written by Andalman and Mariko Munro, the film stars Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Danny Burstein.

Its synopsis, which is sure to raise a few antennae, reads:

In mid-1990s America, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban Washington as he strives to become something he can never be – black.

So he's the great-great-grandson of a legendary entertainer who frequently performed in blackface makeup, sung black music, like jazz and blues (although he also promoted equality for black performers), who also wants to be black himself.

We've certainly had our share of white-boy-wants-to-be-or-acts-black films over the years. I skimmed the film's Facebook page for any hints at what we can expect from this film - I'm guessing it's more of a dramedy - but I got little from it. So I guess I'll take the old wait-and-see approach.

But I'm curious...

The photo above is of Shareeka Epps and Tyler Ross.

UPDATE: Reader Sara pointed us to a series of clips from the film, which you can watch, embedded below:

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