December is Pariah month here at the Frameline office - we couldn't be more excited about the theatrical release of this amazing film! Pariah opens in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles on December 28th, with a wider release scheduled for January 6th. Q&A with Filmmaker Dee Ress (FilmLinc): "Director Dee Rees recently visited the Film Society of Lincoln Center and spoke with Program Director Richard Peña about the film’s evolution from a script written longhand when Rees was an intern on a Spike Lee project to the acclaimed feature it has become." From ‘Pariah,’ an Ingénue in Her First ‘Fancy-Fancy’ Dress (The Carpetbagger - New York Times): "Ingénues need a good backstory, and Ms. Oduye delivers: she was several years into pre-med studies at Cornell University before she took an acting class and decided she wanted to change paths. She moved back to the city, worked odd jobs – handing out flyers, doing toy demonstrations, folding clothes at Old Navy – and took more acting classes. When she was 28, she saw a casting notice for Ms. Rees’s student film, the short that eventually became Pariah." Pariah Nominated for Film Independent Spirit Award (indieWire): The film received a nomination for the John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Thrifty! This article includes a full list of nominees, as well. Kim Wayans on Her Role in 'Pariah' (New York Magazine): "The film depicts the discomfort of a family in Fort Greene as their teenage daughter, Alike, played by Adepero Oduye, sneaks out to lesbian nightclubs and starts dressing like a boy. It won Breakthrough Director honors for Dee Rees at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and has been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for best film made for under $500,000 as well as best actress for Oduye. The movie is also something of a new beginning for 50-year-old Kim: It’s her first shot at a dramatic role." Pariah: Dee Rees' Debut Movie - From Dee Rees' Unique Life Story Comes Universal Truths (Color Magazine): "When it came to telling Alike's story, comfortable was the last thing that Rees wanted to make her audience feel. From the very first scene of the film, showing Alike and her friend, Laura (Pernell Walker), at a lesbian dance club, the director sets the tone for her film with a soundtrack that blasts out Reema Major's 'Cocky,' featuring lyrics that can't be repeated here."