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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #59. Rashid Johnson – Native Son

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #59. Rashid Johnson – Native Son

Perhaps the most alluring offering on A24’s slate for 2019 is the ode to 1930’s Chicago and African American identity debut film from conceptual artist Rashid Johnson. Moving from exhibitions to feature film, Native Son moved forward with a well packaged material and team in place. Cinematographer Matthew Libatique, players Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Sanaa Lathan, Ashton Sanders, KiKi Layne and Bill Camp. This is a 2019 buzz title in our books.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: Based on the Richard Wright novel and written by Suzan-Lori Parks, this is about a young African-American man comes of age in the South Side of Chicago during the 1930s. Lathan will play Trudy Thomas, a widow who is doing her best to raise three children in a small and cramped but tidy Chicago apartment. When her new boyfriend helps arrange a job interview for her eldest son Bigger (Sanders) to work as a chauffeur for a local real estate magnate, a chain of events is triggered that will have devastating consequences for both families.

Production Co./Producers: Bow and Arrow Entertainment’s Matthew Pernicaro and Michael Sherman (Madeline’s Madeline).

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Comp.

U.S. Distributor: A24 films.

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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