Any filmmaker who gets their film into Sundance probably has their hopes considerably elevated for their future. By all means, that’s understandable. You get into the festival that help launched some terrific filmmakers, so it’s only natural to dream of the career Steven Soderbergh built for himself. Nobody can fault a dreamer, but speaking with the writer/director behind one of this year’s Sundance favorites, Newlyweeds, it’s clear that Shaka King doesn’t expect millions to start flowing into his bank account at the drop of a festival hit. King discussed that indie filmmaker reality with us for the theatrical release of his dramedy, which follows two potheads and their rocky relationship. It’s definitely a must-see this month, and King is a talent to keep close tabs on. Here’s what the young filmmaker had to say about his debut.



With the mega popcorn movie season over we’re starting to see summer recap articles flooding in, and so far, most have painted summer 2013 as underwhelming or downright horrible. Maybe some of those writers just didn’t see White House Down. But, in general, this past season was packed with a variety of good-to-terrific options, from the likes of Frances Ha, Only God Forgives, and The Way, Way Back to The Great Gatsby, Fast & Furious 6, and This is the End. There were a lot of gratifying offerings. There were letdowns, too, but what summer doesn’t have a few disappointments? The same will go for this fall movie season, which, as of right now, is looking excellent. Here are 10 movies that should make going back to school, work, or whatever else you got going on a little more tolerable:



One of the many independent films that caught my eye from this year’s Sundance Film Festival slate for not featuring any major stars was Newlyweeds. It wasn’t widely-seen or talked about like some of the festival’s bigger hitters, but it should’ve been. Director Shaka King‘s feature debut is a colorful pot-dramedy that works in minimal ways. That bittersweet feel jumps around tonally, and because of that, it’s not an easy movie to sell with only 90 seconds, as shown by the film’s first preview. Feel free to take a look at the trailer’s first 53 seconds – after those first 53 seconds, the preview heads into serious spoiler territory. Something it doesn’t spoil so much is Isiah Whitlock Jr.‘s performance as an eccentric drug dealer that gets slightly intrusive when the lead, played with a lot of charm by Amari Cheatom, spends a night in jail. Whitlock’s character is a fine example of Newlyweed‘s personality, with how it lets you get these warm – or not so warm – snippets into other characters’ lives. And although the trailer shows a lot, one thing it doesn’t: its killer soundtrack. Check out the (first 53 seconds) of the Newlyweeds trailer after the break.

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