Every year the Sundance Film Festival premieres some of the best independent black films around, and it looks as if 2015 will be no different. Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rick Famuyiwa, Zoë Kravitz and Stanley Nelson are just a few of the black actors and filmmakers attending the festival in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1. Sundance was where films like Fruitvale Station and directors like Ava DuVernay won big before going on to garner even more acclaim. This year, early buzz for many of the films is extremely positive. One of the films opening the festival will be What Happened, Miss Simone?—a documentary about Nina Simone by Liz Garbus. One of the closing films will be Lila & Eve, starring Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Of course, Sundance isn’t just about movies—there are panels and parties, too. The Blackhouse Foundation is back again with a full day of programming not just for entertainment veterans but also for those looking to break into the business. Every year the foundation opens its doors to all the black people attending. Tao nightclub also returns, but will it be the place where Spike Lee throws one of his infamous Sundance parties?… Read full this story
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