Thursday, July 16, 2009

NOTES FROM OUTFEST - JULY 14 2009

UPDATE: WINNER!
The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, Directed by Tina Mabry

Tonight is the screening of the U.S. dramatic centerpiece of the film festival.


"Mississippi Damned" (2009)


Written & Directed by Tina Mabry


"Mississippi Damned" is the story of three African-American sisters and their families as they struggle to make ends meet and overcome the obstacles of poverty. We follow the family over twenty years and how their lives are dramatically changed by the many sad and disturbing events that occur.

How this film fits in to the film festival is that it includes a lesbian character, Lee who is the daughter of one of the sisters. Lee is in love with young woman who is possibly just experimenting with a relationship with another woman. She first promises Lee that she would move away with her to another town to escape and live their lives together but she quickly decides to marry a boy she has been seeing. Lee never really recovers from this betrayal.

I really liked this film. This was Ms Mabry's first film and she did an amazing job, most especially with her actors. This is a great showcase for extremely talented actors and I hope this give them all an opportunity for more work. I really hope this film has a distribution deal because people need to see this film.

The only thing I wish "Mississippi Damed" had done was shown at least one or two lighter moments in the family's lives. I understood that the family was struggling but I know that there had to be a few good times in between all of the tragedy. I felt that one misfortune piled on top of another got to feel like too much after a while.