2012 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Features David Oyelowo, Octavia Spencer, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and more

Posted on November 30, 2011 /Awards

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The Sundance Institute revealed their selections for four of their categories for the Sundance Film Festival that runs Jan. 19 thru Jan 29. The US Dramatic category offers some promising independent films that feature black talent.

Among the many films selected for the competition, two films stood out from the others. Ava DuVernay‘s sophomore effort Middle of Nowhere, and Sheldon CandisL.U.V. Both films feature an ensemble cast of predominantly black actors. Other films that caught our attention were James Ponsoldt‘s Smashed (which stars Oscar hopeful Octavia Spencer) and Benh Zeitlin‘s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

LUV / U.S.A. (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton.

Middle Of Nowhere / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ava DuVernay) — When her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity. Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissant, Edwina Findley.

Smashed / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Susan Burke, James Ponsoldt) — Kate and Charlie are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and… drinking. When Kate decides to get sober, her new lifestyle brings troubling issues to the surface and calls into question her relationship with Charlie. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.

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