MIDDLE OF NOWHERE — Review by Marjorie Baumgarten (Guest Post)

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Ava DuVernay won a best director’s award at Sundance for Middle of Nowhere, a prize that seems fitting for the sort of film that has the kind of gravity and authority that sneaks up on the viewer.

This beautifully acted and gradually revealed drama is a quiet discovery. Not one to blare its own horn, Middle of Nowhere is the kind of little indie film that gives little indie films a good name. It’s one black woman’s story – a story about being stuck in time due to dreams and commitments that may not still be viable. Her inertia, at times, feels almost palpable – a tribute to the filmmaker’s skill and confidence rather than a knock on her storytelling abilities. Ruby (Emayatze Corinealdi) is truly a woman in the middle of nowhere.Continue reading.

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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten is a senior editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she is the lead film critic and film reviews editor.