January 19-23, I went to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT for the world premiere of "Mudbound." It was a thrilling weekend, to say the least. "Mudbound" was THE buzz film of the entire festival and got rave reviews and Oscar-contender mentions from almost all the critics, including Variety, the LA Times, Buzzfeed, the Daily Beast and The Guardian, which gave it a rare 5 stars. (For the record, while the author didn't like all the changes the filmmakers made to the storyline and characters, she thought it was a beautifully acted, gorgeous, powerful film.)
The good news continued a week later, when the movie sold to Netflix for 12.5 million dollars, making it the top sale of Sundance. Netflix will begin streaming "Mudbound" in the fall, with a concurrent theatrical release. More news when I have it!
PHOTO: Garrett Hedlund as Jamie, Director Dee Rees, Jason Mitchell as Ronsel, Rob Morgan as Hap, Mary Blige as Florence, Carey Mulligan as Laura. (Jason Clarke, who plays Henry, was shooting abroad so couldn't make the festival.)