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“Pariah” fans pick poster ahead of TIFF 2011 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Focus Features conducted an online outreach on behalf of Dee Rees’s Sundance award winner “Pariah” ahead of the film’s bow at the Toronto International Film Festival. Moviegoers were asked to select the official theatrical release poster for the contemporary drama, which Rees both wrote and directed.

Their tasteful, artistic selection is below:

Of the selection, Rees said, “When Focus came to Nekisa and me with the five potential posters, we were hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Since we made Pariah to open up a dialogue with everybody, it was ideal that people got to make their voices heard and choose our one-sheet. I’m looking forward to keeping the conversation going with the movie’s release.”

I haven’t head much about “Pariah” since it claimed the Excellence in Cinematography Award for Bradford Young at Sundance. From what I understand, Adepero Oduye is a discovery as Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American girl who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) and who is embracing her identity as a lesbian. Spike Lee pro duced the film, while Focus is handling its distribution.

Along with revealing the poster, Focus announced that the movie would receive a limited run in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on Sunday, December 25 – presumably for awards consideration – before expanding to additional cities throughout the winter. But it’s my hope to catch “Pariah” in Toronto and gauge the film’s awards chances myself.

We’ll bring you more on the film once TIFF gets underway.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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