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Indie Icon John Sayles Insists on His Right to Make a Black Female Buddy Picture If He Wants To ('Go for Sisters' TRAILER)

Mexican border noir "Go For Sisters," the latest emphatically idiosyncratic self-financed original from indie icon John Sayles, is finally hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles this month, followed by a slow rollout through the rest of the country. (DVDs are available for pre-order on the VHX/Variance website.) A black female buddy road movie starring Lisa Gay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross as two African-American women who could "go for sisters" when they knew each other as teenagers is not exactly a commercial picture. But Sayles has made his peace with that long ago, deciding to tell the stories he wanted to tell, the way he wanted to tell them.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • November 14, 2013 3:28 PM
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Morelia Film Festival: Too Many Mexican Movies Day, plus John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters'

"Go For Sisters," the new movie from John Sayles, boasts a cast that includes Edward James Olmos, who's here in Morelia and popular with the crowd, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Harold Perrineau, Isaiah Washington, and Hector Elizondo. Hamilton is a parole officer who gets her old friend and new client Ross to accompany her and disgraced police officer Olmos down into dangerous Mexico to rescue Hamilton's son from Mexican drug lords who are holding him for ransom. It feels like an oddly commercial story from Sayles, whose movies usually are message pictures: I could see Olmos' character, world-weary Freddy Suarez, becoming the star of his own TV series.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 23, 2013 2:16 PM
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