TO BE FREE
In a tiny after-hours club, Nina Simone finds a way, for one moment, to be free.
SCREENING | THURSDAY, JULY 12TH |CROWLEY THEATER
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 12mins.
Adepero Oduye, who gave a breakout performance as the star of Dee Rees’ PARIAH, hails from Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria. Her film credits include THE BIG SHORT and TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.
She made her Broadway debut opposite Miss Cicely Tyson in the acclaimed revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful”.
Other theater credits include “The Bluest Eye” at the Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatres and “Eclipsed” at the Yale Repertory Theatre.
She co-starred with Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Condola Rashad in Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” for director Kenny Leon and starred alongside alongside Woodard and Gabrielle Union in Ava DuVernay’s Miu Miu Women’s Tale “The Door.”
On television, she made guest appearances on “Louie” and two “Law & Order” series.
In 2014, she wrote and directed her first short film, BREAKING IN, which played at various film festivals such as Athens International, St. Louis International, BlackStar, Cinema on the Bayou (Inspiration Award) and Brooklyn Girl (Best Short Film and Audience Award).
Esther de Rothschild
Cinematography by Bradford Young
Film Editing by Conor McBride
Production Design by Gino Fortebuono