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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

While You Were Sleeping: The Brilliant Dee Rees Was Making MUDBOUND (Teaser Trailer Debut)

The world has been in desperate need for an epic drama from a black woman director for quite some time time (Ava Duvernay's Selma was three whole years ago, during which time there have been 5 billion "epic" sagas from male directors). Dee Rees, the Pariah director who's been quietly brilliant and falling so far under your radar for no good damn reason. Here's hoping that now is the time you will start paying attention. 

There's talk that Rees's next film, the star-studded MUDBOUND which premieres on Netflix and in select theaters November 17, will bring her to the forefront of the Oscar race. Well hell, that would be amazing. But she first needs to be acknowledged as among the most gut-wrenching young auteurs. Here's a little more on the film from the official synopsis:

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) - sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations - struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Yes gawd, I am ready to get blown away by this. #LetsGo

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