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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sia’s Music

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sia’s Music

A project that took its sweet time to arrive will finally be unveiled next February and could technically nab a Sundance slot as a sort of we need some vitamins in Covid burnout times. The Australian singer-songwriter Sia began filming Music in 2018 on what was a considerable budget north of 10M. Featuring Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom, Jr. and our “Chandelier” fave in Maddie Ziegler – we can look for appearances by Juliette Lewis, Ben Schwartz, Hector Elizondo and Mary Kay Place as well. Originally this was not set as a musical, but now includes tons of original songs and musical sequences. Sia reteamed with music video cinematographer Sebastian Winterø (Kajillionaire).

Gist: Co-written by Sia and Dallas Clayton, Kate Hudson, plays Zu, a newly sober drug dealer and self-saboteur who finds herself the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Maddie Ziegler), a teenager with special needs. Barely able to take care of herself, let alone her sister, Zu struggles with this new responsibility, but soon learns that life’s obstacles are made easier with a little help from a friend, Ebo (Leslie Odom, Jr.), a neighbor whose own family story makes him someone Zu can learn from and rely upon. The film explores the tenuous bonds that hold us together and imagines a world where those bonds can be strengthened in times of great challenge.

Production Co./Producers: Vincent Landay, Sia.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: PREMIERES.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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