Master

At an elite New England university built on the site of a Salem-era gallows hill, three black women strive to find their place. Navigating politics and privilege, they encounter increasingly terrifying manifestations of the school’s haunted past… and present.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Gail Bishop: Regina Hall
  • Jasmine Moore: Zoe Renee
  • Liv Beckman: Amber Gray
  • Amelia: Talia Ryder
  • Diandra: Talia Balsam
  • Cressida: Ella Hunt
  • Katie: Noa Fisher
  • Sascha: Kara Young
  • Brian: Bruce Altman
  • Julianne: Jennifer Dundas
  • Lam: Joel de la Fuente
  • …: Molly Bernard
  • …: Nike Kadri
  • Freshman Counselor: Julia Nightingale
  • Libby: Anna Van Patten
  • Painter: D.C. Anderson
  • Dining Worker: Angela Grovey
  • Tyler: Will Hochman
  • Nicky: John Kroft
  • Jock: Emmett Carnahan
  • Librarian: Megan Byrne
  • Communications Director: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Victor: Robert Emmet Lunney

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Regina Hall
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Robert Fernandez
  • Producer: Joshua Astrachan
  • Executive Producer: Terence Nance
  • Original Music Composer: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
  • Production Design: Meredith Lippincott
  • Producer: Andrea Roa
  • Costume Design: Mirren Gordon-Crozier
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Cristin Pescosolido
  • Art Direction: Gonzalo Cordoba
  • Set Decoration: Olivia Peebles
  • Director of Photography: Charlotte Hornsby
  • Producer: Brad Becker-Parton
  • Director: Mariama Diallo
  • Production Design: Tommy Love
  • Foley Supervisor: Beso Kacharava
  • Set Decoration Buyer: Lorena Montesdeoca
  • Assistant Art Director: Max Nadilo
  • Set Dresser: Gina Cimmelli

Movie Reviews:

  • MSB: FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/other-films-watched-spoiler-free-review-sundance/#master

    “Master holds one of the most purposeful, insightful, thought-provoking Black stories of the festival. Mariama Diallo’s directorial debut boasts an intriguing narrative filled with impactful social commentary on racism and white supremacy, “disguising” them with a terrifying, supernatural evil force surrounded by a powerful score and creepy cinematography.

    Regina Hall delivers an impressive performance, as does Zoe Renee, but the former truly shines in the lead role. Amber Gray’s character could have been better explored, as well as some secondary themes, which result in a loss of focus around the mid-section.

    Nevertheless, the well-written script offers an informative point-of-view, allowing the viewers to feel the discrimination that the main characters suffer without ever making it a forced plot point.

    The final scene with the end credits already rolling is a perfect conclusion to demonstrate the cultural and behavioral differences towards and between each race.”

    Rating: B+

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