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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 (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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