…And Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize goes to ‘Clemency’

…And Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize goes to ‘Clemency’

Once again, Princess Grace Award winners have dominated at the Sundance Film Festival. On February 2, Award winner filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu (2009 Film) made history and won the Grand Jury Prize at the film festival. She became the first African-American female director to win the U.S. Grand Jury Prize in Sundance’s 35-year of existence. Her film ‘Clemency’ starring Aldis Hodge and Alfre Woodard, follows Warden Bernadine Williams (Woodard) as she internally struggles with the emotional toll of executing death row inmates.  Following her big win, NEON production company purchased the rights to distribute the film.. 

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/02/sundance-chinonye-chukwu-first-black-woman-grand-jury-prize-1202040823/

Prior to directing ‘Clemency’, Chinonye worked on many short films as director, writer and producer. The multitalented filmmaker’s previous film, ‘A Long Walk’, which she wrote and directed, starts out like an innocent film about childhood which becomes the tale of tragedy and acceptance.

In addition to Chinonye, Suzanne Andrews Correa won the Short Film Jury Award for ‘Green’ this year and Rashaad Ernesto Green premiered his film, ‘Premature’.  Other 2019 Sundance competition films includes Meredith Lackey’s ‘Cablestreet’, Nikyatu Jusu’s ‘Suicide by Sunlight’ and Rhys Ernst’s ‘Adam’.

February 13, 2019

 

February 13, 2019

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