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Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You | 2018 Sundance Film Festival World Premiere

Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You | 2018 Sundance Film Festival World Premiere

Perhaps the most hyped film to premiere at this year’s Sundance film festival, the over-sold world preem screening at the Library had plenty of curious distrib folk (Annapurna folks quickly took the film off table) in the bidding for Boots Riley‘s debut film – his multi-genre film that disobeys categorization and quickly became a buzz title due to some a couple of sequences that had a lot of girth. Sorry to Bother You lassoed the likes of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick and Danny Glover, but it’s the impressive set of producers (Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams) who championed the project prior to the first of the Sundance Institute’s many labs.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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