Nina Simone Doc, Viola Davis Drama Among Black Films at Sundance

Nina Simone Doc, Viola Davis Drama Among Black Films at Sundance

Prestigious fest unveiled its lineup this week.

Published December 9, 2014

Hollywood is getting ready to hit the slopes once again at the Sundance Film Festival. The most prestigious event of the year for art house and independent films, which will take place in January, announced its lineup this week. 

There are a number of notable Black films premiering at the 2015 festival, including documentaries on Nina Simone, the Black Panthers, and crime drama Lila & Eve, in the vein of Thelma & Louise, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer LopezLaverne Cox and Alfre Woodard are also among the talent with films at the upcoming festival. Cox co-stars in Grandma, about a misanthropic old woman whose routine is shaken up when she has to spend the day with her 18-year-old granddaughter. Woodard, meanwhile, is part of the ensemble cast of Mississippi Grind, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a poker player who embarks on a road trip for a high-stakes game in New Orleans.

The past couple of years have seen several breakthrough Black films come out of Sundance, with Fruitvale Station being the talk of the festival last year and Dear White People a critical and audience darling this past January.

Click here for a complete list of films premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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