Don’t Like ‘Madea’ Movies? Sundance Winner ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Gets Fall Release Date [Video]
Folks love to complain about Tyler Perry movies, but what are they actually doing about it? Meaning, when there are other black film options available , do black people support them or ignore them? Well, now’s the time to either put up or shut up, because there are some superb black movies on the horizon that offer a stark contrast to Tyler Perry’s Madea.
Remember Ava DuVernay? DuVernay won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for her drama ‘Middle Of Nowhere’, making her the first black woman to win the much coveted honor. In an interview with the Sundance Project 2012, DuVernay said her film was,” a story about a woman named Ruby who has lost her husband to incarceration.”
Here’s a quick synopsis about the film:
Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery – caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself.
That’s good stuff, and the cinematography and depth of the characters looks inviting.
In her acceptance speech, DuVernay said that it was imperative that her film get a wider viewing beyond the Sundance Film Festival. She said it was important for “filmmakers of color to see one another’s films and have them seen.” You could make that happen, or you could just keep complaining about why you hate Tyler Perry playing a man in drag, blah, blah, blah.
The film will be in theaters October 12, 2012.
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