Roxanne, Roxanne, the hip-hop biopic revolving around the story of Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden and her journey toward becoming a hip-hop legend, premiered last Sunday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic section. After a bidding war between Amazon, Lionsgate and Miramax, upstart distributor Neon acquired North American rights to the Sundance Film Festival 2017 hit. The deal was reported to be worth nearly $3 million.
Chanté Adams’ portrayal as the legendary battle MC earned her Sundance’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance on Saturday. We’re sure to see more from her, given her performance and the accolades.
Roxanne Roxanne was written and directed by Michael Larnell, a Sundance alum who premiered his debut feature, Cronies at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film was produced by Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Mimi Valdés, and Erica Brady.
Neon, founded by Tim Quinn and Tim League, acquired two other Sundance films as well: Ingrid Goes West and Beach Rats. We’re glad to see Roxanne Roxanne join the bunch and we look forward to this film’s inevitable amazing journey!
Check out the video below to discover how Adams prepared for this legendary role.