One of Sundance’s undisputed breakout dramas, Josh Mond’s “James White” debuted at this year’s festival to major acclaim, ultimately winning the festival’s Best of Next Audience Award. The film also scored with Indiewire’s own Criticwire critics, who awarded Best Lead Performance to Christopher Abbott and Best Supporting Performance to Cynthia Nixon.
The film features Abbott — known to audiences as a former “Girls” co-star, though he’s no stranger to the festival circuit, having previously appeared in indie favorites like “The Sleepwalker,” “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” — as the titular James White, a reckless young New Yorker who is forced to reevaluate his bad behavior (including the kind of partying that only makes one look ill all the time, an inability to commit in his romantic life and a real bone to pick with his absent father) when his mother (Nixon, who is just heartbreaking in the film) falls ill. The film is a singular experience and one that announces the arrival of both Mond and Abbott as important voices in the indie space. “James White” also co-stars Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, who provides the original score for the feature.
The film has just released its very first poster, and we’re pleased to debut it above.
“James White” will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month as part of their Discovery section. The Film Arcade will open the film on November 13.