Friday, July 3, 2015

Lee Daniels, Sundance Kid

High five to Philadelphia-connected filmmaker Lee Daniels (producer of "Monster's Ball, and director of "Shadowboxer") whose new film, "Push," won both the jury prize and audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," follows the journey of a teenage girl, victim of parental abuse, who overcomes her past and takes charge of her future. One thing for sure about Daniels, who takes on topics such as pedophilia ("The Woodsman"), racism ("Monster's Ball"), terminal illness ("Shadowboxer") and incest: He is unflinching. Are you a Daniels fan? He's the poet of the social-problem film.

Lee Daniels, Sundance Kid

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Lee Daniels, poet of the social-problem film.
Lee Daniels, poet of the social-problem film.

High five to Philadelphia-connected filmmaker Lee Daniels (producer of "Monster's Ball, and director of "Shadowboxer") whose new film, "Push," won both the jury prize and audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," follows the journey of a teenage girl, victim of parental abuse, who overcomes her past and takes charge of her future. One thing for sure about Daniels, who takes on topics such as pedophilia ("The Woodsman"), racism ("Monster's Ball"), terminal illness ("Shadowboxer") and incest: He is unflinching. Are you a Daniels fan?  He's the poet of the social-problem film.

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