Sunday, January 25, 2009

Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire Wins Best Drama Award At Sundance - Formal Release Date For Film Remains Unknown

This was a very hard book to read and I imagine is going to be a hard movie to watch, but the buzz on this film is major for the cast as well as the director. Winning the major awards at Sundance will guarantee that this film gets a pretty decent roll-out and release. Push will need a serious marketing campaign to gain a wide audience.
And Mo'Nique apparently kills in her role, generating early Oscar talk for the comedienne. I'll kept folks updated as to when the release date of Push gets announced.


cinco January 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

I still have not been able to read this book. I've own it for a while but the style of writing is not easy to maintain reading. I make a resolution to read it though.

lincolnperry January 25, 2009 at 1:15 PM  

The director Barry Jenkins eyes a shifting racial landscape through two characters with “Medicine for Melancholy.”

Anonymous,  January 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

My sis was just telling me about this movie. Lee Daniels seems to go for the dark movie scripts. I'll have to check this one out.

ILUVBlackWomen January 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

PUSH is well known in the African American Reader Market it will not need a major marketing campaign this is the equivalent of Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Soulijah

Professor Tracey January 25, 2009 at 8:32 PM  

@I Luv Black Women -

I beg to differ, the reading audience for Push is no near the same as the reading audience for the Coldest Winter Ever. If what you say was true, Push would have a release date already and The
Coldest Winter Ever would have been made into a feature film years ago.

The subject matter alone will make PUSH a hard sell as a film. The Tyler Perry/Terri McMillan mass movie audience are not going to see PUSH in wide numbers. PUSH will be released as an art film, hoping for a crossover like Monster's Ball and Crash. That means counting on white folks to go see it.

I will lay down money that when this movie comes out, that black people will skip it in droves, just like the majority of black films with a serious subject matter.

The Great Debaters should have been a mega hit, but black folks didn't support in large numbers beyond the first weekend, just like Eve's Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, Miracle on St. Anna, The Secret Life of Bees, etc....

I hate to say it, but the evidence supports me. White folks may go see Mall Cop twice, but they also go see The Reader and other small art house films. Black folk have still not learned to do that yet.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 12:19 AM  

I agree with Professor Tracey. I do not think that I have heard of Sapphire before and I know that I haven't read's not something that I would read...let alone go see.

I was LOL at the mention of "The Great Debaters" because me and my girlfriend were the ONLY chocolated faces in a sea of white folks...and it had already been out for about 2-3 weeks. I'm not sure if I've said this here, but I am all for independent films and movies; when a film festival, especially Black, I'm first in line, volunteering, whatever to support.

Marrell January 26, 2009 at 2:48 AM  

I loved, loved this book and can't wait to see it on film. I know quite a few people who have read it but I have to with Prof.T; It will be slept on by the black community. I am still wondering though if they are going to follow the book completely because there are some moments that I can't even imagine being on the screen. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Naima January 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

I have to disagree w/ you Prof Tracey, PUSH is a rather well known book in the black communty, it has been around for years, and there should be at least 2 generations of black folks interested in seeing this film. I don't think it would do Tyler Perry numbers but I do think this movie can make money.
Coldest Winter movie was supposed to be made but I guess Sista Souljah and HBO must have had creative differences.

wisdomteachesme January 26, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

prof you said= "The Great Debaters should have been a mega hit, but black folks didn't support in large numbers beyond the first weekend, just like Eve's Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, Miracle on St. Anna, The Secret Life of Bees, etc...."
because these movies require a person to think-and not just be entertained.

They also open up areas (pain, hurt, bad habits,etc...) in people that need to be addressed and faced with some cold hard truth.

It is easier to ignore the rootball of problems and to laugh at how black folk act=steppin' & fetchin' negroes.

on feet of peaces,

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

LOL Sassy J, I'm used to being one of the only black faces in the theater. Now I thought at least for Akeelah and the Bee black people would be there with their kids. NOPE! NOT ONE. Oh and I live in D.C. not some little town so there is no excuse. For a sec I was thinking maybe "we" don't really go to that particular theater but then it was jam packed for Tyler Perry's Why did I get married. I was also mad when little miss sunshine, abigail breslin, was nominated for an academy award for her role but our Keke Palmer couldn't even get an honorable mention. *end of rant*

tasha212 January 26, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

I loved this book! I read it in high school. I would definitely go see it if it came out.

RainaHavock January 29, 2009 at 3:49 AM  

Okay I had to research "PUSH" very interesting! I'm looking forward to it and I'm going to go get the books.

Anonymous,  February 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

I definitely would like to see this film and perhaps read the book before the film is released.

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