Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was “Subway,” a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself–an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.
Focus has also set a release date for the Pariah (trailer posted below), written and directed by Dee Rees; Spike Lee executive produced. Pariah premiered at Sundance 2011 and will screen at the Toronto Film Festival. Focus will release the film in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on Christmas Day, and then expand to other cities throughout the winter.
Fans of the film include Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers and A.O. Scott of The New York Times, who writes that watching Oduye “is to experience the thrill of discovery.”