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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jim McKay’s On the Seventh Day

Perhaps the indie film career path anomaly on our complete predictions list, Jim McKay found relative success at Sundance using the festival as a platform for his first three features. Girls Town (1996), Our Song (2000) featuring a young Kerry Washington, and HBO’s Everyday People (2004) put him on the map, but then the filmmaker switched to a long career in television (from “The Wire” to “Mr.Robot”). Fast forward a dozen years later, and not only do we have another NYC story but you could say it’ll be a tale that might be more timely politically, now that the election is over with and promises/threats have been made. Not unlike Ramin Bahrani’s Man Push Chart, On the Seventh Day looks like a portrait about wearing and earning the stripes the old fashion elbow grease kind of way.

Gist: A group of undocumented Mexican immigrants work long hours six days a week, and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Brooklyn.

Production Co./Producers: Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind), Jim McKay.

Prediction: This could land just about anywhere: NEXT, U.S Dramatic, Premieres or land at a fest like Tribeca.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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