TORONTO–Director Nanfu Wang wracked up accolades for her debut feature “Hooligan Sparrow,” a riveting, guerrilla-style exposé of sexual abuse in China that made the Academy Award shortlist for best documentary. For her first feature, “Hooligan Sparrow,” Wang wanted to document the stories of Chinese sex workers.
Amazon Studios was the most active buyer at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival, closing deals for “Late Night,” “The Report,” “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” “Honey Boy,” and “One Child Nation.” Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, and Colm Meaney are also starring in “Against All Enemies.” Benedict Andrews directed from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.
One of three special jury prize winners in the U.S. dramatic competition, “Honey Boy” helmer Alma Har’el announced, “I’m really proud to be here in a year when 44% of the directors are women,” adding an emphatic, “We’re here, we’re ready, stop sending us to shadow f—ing white men!” Earlier this week, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” received the $20,000 Alfred P.
Gonzalo Mendez was one of five Mexican-American fathers who were plaintiffs in the case, which asserted that their children, along with 5000 other children of Mexican ancestry, were victims of unconstitutional discrimination by being forced to attend separate “schools for Mexicans” in the Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and El Modena school districts of Orange County.