Belcourt Theatre has been selected by the Sundance Film Festival as one of only 10 venues in America to screen a specially selected film on Thursday, Jan. 31 as part of Sundance Film Festival USA. It’s the fourth year Sundance has picked the Belcourt for such a screening.
The film this year is Mother of George directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City) and written by Darci Picoult. Nashville native Matt Parker is a producer on the film (he also co-produced the critically acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild). This will be the feature’s first screening outside of Utah as part of Sundance Film Festival USA.
Dosunmu and Parker will attend and participate in an audience Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening. Sundance Institute created Sundance Film Festival USA in 2010 in an effort to bring the Festival experience to film-loving audiences across the country. The Belcourt Theatre is one of only nine venues selected as an ‘outpost’ for the prestigious film festival.
“Continuing our partnership with the Sundance Film Festival as part of Sundance Film Festival USA is a real honor. This story of immigration, family and the ties of tradition are themes that will resonate with many Nashvillians,” says Stephanie Silverman, executive director of the Belcourt Theatre. “We look forward to introducing filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu to Nashville audiences and to welcoming back Nashville native and producer Matt Parker. Matt is co-producer of the Academy Award nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, and we couldn’t be more excited to share his newest project with a hometown audience.”
Mother of George was nominated for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. The movie’s set-up: Ayodele Balogen (Isaach De Bankolé) owns a small African restaurant in Brooklyn. His fiancée, Adenike Matashane (Danai Gurira), has waited six years to start a new life with Ayo in the US. Ayo and Adenike have a traditional Basotho wedding, culminating in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet to be conceived son, George. But as months pass, Ma George’s pregnancy attempts fail and her loneliness intensifies. Torn between her Basotho culture and new life in America, Ma George struggles to save her marriage, stopping at no cost to give Ayo his much-awaited son.
Tickets ($15 with no Belcourt member discount) or more information are available by calling (615) 383-9140 or visiting www.belcourt.org. For timely updates check the Belcourt’s Facebook page or its Twitter account (@belcourt).
Note – this article was updated on Jan. 19, 2013.
*Photo by Jenny Baptiste courtesy SimonSays Entertainment and the Sundance Film Festival.