Today audiences at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival gave two standing ovations to the team behind Patti Cake$ after its premiere. Director Geremy Jasper and his leading lady Danielle Macdonald attended the Sundance Institute Directors Labs together to workshop Patti Cake$ in 2014. It joins titles like Swiss Army Man and Reservoir Dogs that were supported through the Sundance labs before becoming a breakout hit at the festival.
Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski drafts rhymes behind the bar at a dingy dive, trying to pay off her coarse but beloved Nana’s medical bills and support her hard-drinking mom, whose own musical aspirations failed long ago. Patti and her rap partner/best friend Jheri share dreams of fame, fortune, and escaping Dirty Jersey for good, but they haven’t found a producer with the “fire beats” they need. Unbroken by the taunts of local goons, she unexpectedly gravitates to a reclusive goth-metal musician named Basterd, a newcomer who just might be able to help Patti achieve hip-hop superstardom.
© 2014 Sundance Institute | Photo by Ryan Johnson;
© 2014 Sundance Institute | Photo by Ryan Johnson; Film still courtesy of Patti Cake$; © 2017 Sundance Institute | Photo by Azikiwe Aboagye;
© 2017 Sundance Institute | Photo by Calvin Knight.