Chinonye Chukwu Makes Sundance History – The Color Brief February 4
The Sundance Film Festival came to a close over the weekend, and director Chinonye Chukwu’s film Clemency won the Grand Jury Prize. She’s the first black woman to win the award, which is the festival’s top honor.
Clemency stars Alfre Woodard as a prison warden who struggles with the emotional demands of her work. Chukwu wrote and directed the film.
She follows in the footsteps of Ava DuVernay, who became the first black woman to win a directing honor at Sundance in 2012.
Despite winning the honor, Chukwu is still seeking U.S. distribution for the film, and she’s already moving on to her next project – an adaptation of former Black Panther Elaine Brown’s memoir.
In other news…
Alfonso Cuaron won the Directors Guild Award for Feature Film for his buzzworthy Roma. The film will compete for several top prizes at this month’s Oscars. [See the complete DGA winners list.]
Jussie Smollett took to the stage for the first time since falling victim to a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago. The concert took place in Southern California, and Smollett thanked his supporters in an emotional speech.
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