“The story revolves around four black kids at a mostly white Ivy League college,” director Justin Simien told Amy Goodman in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. That’s the basic premise of Simien’s much-awaited debut comedy “Dear White People,” a film that promises to do much more than just make you laugh.
As President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the United States, two courageous journalists premiered a documentary at the annual Sundance Film Festival.
Remember when Sundance was known as the scrappy little flick-fest that could, ushering many an indie darling to theaters of mass consumption from its unlikely setting, nestled in a tony resort town in the Utah mountains, somehow stoking lefty sensibilities all the while? Yeah, that was a long time ago.
Two years ago, we first caught wind of “Skateistan,” a project started by Australian skateboarding enthusiast Oliver Percovich with the aim of giving kids in Kabul, Afghanistan, a new outlet for fun and camaraderie, instead of war-stoked fear.