SELAH AND THE SPADES – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Tayarisha Poe, in her feature debut Selah and the Spades, dramatizes a time that will resonate strongly with high school groups and those familiar with the battles of those years. The title 17-year-old senior Selah is queen bee of The Spades, a clique in conflict with the other four factions at elite Haldwell boarding school in Pennsylvania.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tayarisha Poe’s SELAH Acquired by Amazon -Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to “Selah and the Spades,” a riveting look at a prep school drug dealer. The film marked the feature film debut of writer-director Tayarisha Poe and had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was a critical smash. It also recently screened at BAMcinemaFest.

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