Sundance ’15 | Dope



The cast of the white-hot comedy, Dope, sat down with The Wrap to talk about the excitement from festival goers at Sundance over their film and the love they’re getting from a hot Hollywood director.

Dope tells the story of Malcolm, a high school geek with a high-top fade, who is carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things ’90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.


Count Selma director, Ava DuVernay as a fan, who loved the film’s energy and thought that the film was a true original. The cast talk about how much her support means as well as the cinematic journey they are now on and how overwhelming it has all been.

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Writer/director Rick Famuyiwa delivers an energetic, super-fresh, modern-day coming-of-age story that is a delightful mash-up of DIY punk, Yo! MTV Raps, YouTube, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Intelligent and full of heart, Dope is an up-to-date inspirational tale of the journey to maintain a grasp on one’s own authentic self amidst surreal circumstances.

Check out their discussion below: