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Sundance News: Participant Media and AFFRM Acquire 'Middle of Nowhere'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2012 at 7:32PM

Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband.
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Middle of Nowhere

Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband. At the end of her husband's eight-year sentence, she begins to confront her own identity crisis.  (The short teaser trailer is posted below and here.)

Reviews of the drama are positive; despite its slow pace, critics praise an intelligent and powerful script and beautiful performances from Emayatzy Corinealdi as well as Omari Hardwick.

The Hollywood Reporter:

"Performances are strong across the board here, and the picture's solid, understated visuals ground the story further. The pace feels leaden on occasion, but that's hardly inappropriate for a film about lives interrupted by a five- to eight-year prison sentence."

Shadow and Act:

"It's an unfortunate testament of the time we live in when a film that takes an adult, mature, sincere, if realistic look at relationships between black men and black women could be viewed as dare I say radical."

Variety:

"Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses, "Middle of Nowhere" seems neither here nor there in charting a young Los Angeles woman's uncertainty."

This article is related to: Sundance 2012 Reviews, Sundance 2012 Films, Sundance 2012, Sundance 2012 News, Sundance, Participant Media


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.