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TIFF: Pariah Gets Release Date and Poignant Poster

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2011 at 5:25AM

Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was "Subway," a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself--an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.
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Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was "Subway," a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself--an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.

Focus has also set a release date for the Pariah (trailer posted below), written and directed by Dee Rees; Spike Lee executive produced. Pariah premiered at Sundance 2011 and will screen at the Toronto Film Festival. Focus will release the film in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on Christmas Day, and then expand to other cities throughout the winter.

Fans of the film include Rolling Stone's Peter Travers and A.O. Scott of The New York Times, who writes that watching Oduye "is to experience the thrill of discovery."

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Studios, Video, First Look, Winter, Toronto, Cannes, Drama, Universal/Focus Features, Trailers


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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.