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Sundance 2013 Preview – ‘Milkshake’ (Al Jolson Descendant Strives To Be Black)

Sundance 2013 Preview - 'Milkshake' (Al Jolson Descendant Strives To Be Black)

David Andalman’s Milkshake will make its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Written by Andalman and Mariko Munro, the film stars Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Danny Burstein.

Its synopsis, which is sure to raise a few antennae, reads:

In mid-1990s America, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban Washington as he strives to become something he can never be – black.

So he’s the great-great-grandson of a legendary entertainer who frequently performed in blackface makeup, sung black music, like jazz and blues (although he also promoted equality for black performers), who also wants to be black himself.

We’ve certainly had our share of white-boy-wants-to-be-or-acts-black films over the years. I skimmed the film’s Facebook page for any hints at what we can expect from this film – I’m guessing it’s more of a dramedy – but I got little from it. So I guess I’ll take the old wait-and-see approach.

But I’m curious…

The photo above is of Shareeka Epps and Tyler Ross.

UPDATE: Reader Sara pointed us to a series of clips from the film, which you can watch, embedded below:

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Oh Sara, I think I love you.


Love the nostalgia though, playing Sega and he was like 'who's paging you?' Throwback indeed!


Sara…yes! This looks exactly like the Takoma Park short film you posted, the opening scene is almost the same too.


I see a constant trend in a lot of first time white film makers who go to Sundance. Their films usually involve some controversy and they black people or themes to give their projects an edge. Once they move on to bigger projects after their success in Sundance, you hardly see anything black related at all in their films. I wonder what Behn Zeitlin's next film is gonna be? Hmmm…


Thank you SARA.


There is also a multi-clip video uploaded yesterday on Youtube –

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