Sundance 2019: The Shorts Program

These six titles are among several narrative and documentary shorts selected to screen during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Fran This Summer comes from writer-director Mary Evangelista.  The film takes place during the summer when Fran begins her gender transition.  This is one of those short films where we can probably learn more about the characters if expanded into a narrative.  But for a short film, it gets straight to the…

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Mr. Roosevelt: A Coming-of-Age Comedy

Mr. Roosevelt is a coming-of-age comedy and depicts what happens when a struggling comedian returns home to Austin to bury her cat. The film marked the directorial debut for Saturday Night Live alumnus Noël Wells.  While SNL may not be for everyone, it doesn’t mean that cast members aren’t allowed be successful following a short stint–look at Casey Wilson, for example.  Wells’ performances in both The Incredible Jessica James and her work on Mr. Roosevelt shows that…

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The Incredible Jessica James is innovative, genuine

Releasing on Netflix this week, The Incredible Jessica James is one of the best comedies that I’ve seen this year. Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the comedy stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells.  Zabryna Guevera, Taliyah Whitaker, Sarah Jones, Will Stephen, Susan Heyward, and Megan Ketch also star. Jessica Williams, The Daily Show alumnus, breaks out in her role as Jessica James, a young playwright in New York City.  At…

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