Oprah Raves Over ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Movie; Opening in Select Theaters
There are only two things that you need to know about the critically-acclaimed love drama Middle of Nowhere which opened Oct. 12 in select theaters around the country:
1. The movie made cinematic history: the director of the film, Ava DuVernay, won the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival for Middle of Nowhere, the first African American female to ever hold that distinction at arguably the world’s most prestigious film festival;
2. The “Oprah Factor”: Just as important is the fact that none other than Oprah Winfrey saw the film and sent a personal text to DuVernay expressing how she fell in love with the independent film. Being sprinkled with Oprah’s gold dust has sent scores of obscure books to to the top of the New York Times bestseller’s list and made previously anonymous authors celebrities and millionaires. That singular endorsement undoubtedly put Middle of Nowhere in the minds of countless theatergoers that millions in advertising could not.
Now that we have your complete and undivided attention, let’s briefly outline Middle of Nowhere from meteoric-rising filmmaker DuVernay.
The publicist-turned-moviemaker presents a film about a medical student, Ruby (Emayatzy Corinaealdi), whose promising life is suddenly clogged up like a backed-up sink when her husband (Omari Hardwick) is incarcerated and she is left — alone — to try to pick up the shards of her shattered dreams and idyllic home life. As the oppressive burden of living in shame, solitary and secrecy weighs down her small, delicate shoulders, her vulnerability made her particularly susceptible to temptation and betrayal that reached out at her and forces her to take a detour from the road she was traveling, one that is marked with hazards but could inevitably to self-discovery.
DuVernay’s film is akin to the underdog who comes out of nowhere to triumph over the favorite at Sundance as Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, a fantastic and gripping movie inspired by the Hurricane Katrina stragglers who refused to leave New Orleans, was considered the runaway favorite.