Sundance Film Fest 2007: Films of African American Interest

Feature Program Films: African American Directors

BANISHED / U.S.A. (Director: Marco Williams)This story of three U.S. towns which, in the early 20th century, forced their entire African American populations to leave, explores whatif anythingcan be done to repair past racial injustice. World Premiere.

IF I'D KNOWN I WAS A GENIUS/ U.S.A. (Director: Dominique Wirtschafter; Screenwriter: Markus Redmond)A young African-American man recounts his life. When he finds out he has a high IQ he struggles to fit in somewhere while also battling with his dysfunctional family. World Premiere.

LIFE SUPPORT / U.S.A. (Director: Nelson George; Screenwriters: Nelson George, Jim McKay, Hannah Weyer)LIFE SUPPORT views the African-American communitys HIV crisis through the eyes of a survivor who is a mother, a former addict and an AIDS activist. World Premiere.

Feature Program Films: African American Themes

BLACK SNAKE MOAN / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Craig Brewer)Desire is a burning sickness for Rae, while making her the white-trash sexual target of every man and boy in her small Tennessee town. When her true love leaves for military service, Rae plunges into wild excess. Beaten and left for dead, she is taken in by a reformed bluesman, a private self-contained black man who nurses deep anger of his own and who is fiercely committed to his task of keeping her alive. World Premiere.

RESURRECTING THE CHAMP / U.S.A. (Director: Rod Lurie; Screenwriters: Allison Burnett, Michael Bortman, Chris Gerolmo, Rod Lurie)A down on his luck sports reporter has his life and career upturned when he lands the story of his career: A former heavyweight boxing superstar, previously thought to be dead, is living his final years on the streets. Finally, he can earn the respect of his wife and editorbut the dark secret he finds may be too much for him to bear. World Premiere.

Short Program Films: African American Directors

A NICK IN TIME / U.S.A. (Director: Be' Garrett)-An old school barber recounts a story from his past to teach a lesson to a troubled young man.

KING / U.S.A. (Director: Caran Hartsfield)-The older woman in apt.# 3B has unusual plans.

POP FOUL (Director: Moon Molson)A boy sees his father attacked by a local thug on the way home from a Little League game and agrees to help his father hide the incident from his mother.