WOMAN WALKS AHEAD, a favorite of both the Tornto International and Tribeca Film Festivals opens this weekend in limited release.
Written by Steven Knight (“Locke” “Hundred Foot Journey”) and directed by Susanna White, this story is also based upon an historical event. Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a Brooklyn-based artist in the late 1800’s, travels to the Dakotas to paint Sitting Bull’s portrait. Arriving in a hostile environment, she is unwelcome by the military, but with a determination not characteristically seen in women during this era, she perseveres. The relationship she develops with Sitting Bull is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and the integrity she shows in fighting for Native American’s rights is inspiring. Chastain is extraordinary, Sam Rockwell hones his skills as a dislikable misogyntist and racist, and Michael Greyeyes reincarnates a virtuous and complicated Sitting Bull. The exceptional cinematography beckons you to see this on the big screen.
Susanna White spoke with me about the making of one of the best films of the year. Check out the interview at FF2 Media