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Focus picks up Sundance Fav Pariah

Posted January 28, 2011


Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Pariah from writer/director Dee Rees. The film, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, expands a short film by the same name that Ms. Rees debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Adepero Oduye plays the main character Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman coming out as a lesbian––she also appeared it the 2008 short. This feature got remarkable attention during Sundance. Kyle Smith of The New York Post wrote that Pariah is “emotionally satisfying…with a likeable and believable heroine at its core.” Andrew Barker of Variety wrote that actress Adepero Oduye gives “a wonderful lead performance.”

Focus Features CEO James Schamus noted, “Dee Rees has made a debut film that celebrates with astonishing artistry the journey of a young woman who simply never gives up on the power of love. We’re thrilled to join her on this next step of a remarkable journey.” The love was share by Ms. Rees who added, “We’re thrilled to be working with Focus Features. They’re such smart marketers and they love movies, so that we knew Focus was the perfect home for Pariah. We are excited for the film to reach the broadest audience possible.” For complete info, go to the Focus Features Press Release.