DeKalb Elementary

Back in 2006, I got my first taste of Irish director Martin McDonagh when his wickedly funny Six Shooter screened at Landmark’s Century Centre along with the other Oscar-nominated live-action shorts. McDonagh took home the award that year, and 12 years later his black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a strong contender for Best Picture. I wouldn’t be surprised if, a decade from now, we were seeing equally big things from the filmmakers on this year’s program, such as Kevin Wilson Jr., whose haunting My Nephew Emmett dramatizes the last night in the life of Emmett Till; or British filmmaker Chris Overton, whose painful The Silent Child tells the story of a young girl whose mother punishes her for her deafness; or Australian filmmakers Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, whose farcical The Eleven O’Clock pits a psychiatrist against a patient who thinks he’s a psychiatrist (and sounds just as good). Continue reading>>