Sundance Diaries: "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy" Might Just Dominate Sundance

  • January 21, 2022
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Not surprisingly, "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy" directors are coming in hot at this year's fest.

Day two of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival opened with episode 1 of "How to Fest Daily" from festival director, Tabitha Jackson, who Zoomed in from New York to chat with Clarence "Coodie" Simmons and Chike Ozah, the duo behind the much-anticipated "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy." In addition to the conversation with Jackson this morning, IndieWire featured an interview with the online publication's managing editor Christian Blauvelt. The interview is free to watch, and I highly recommend it. Blauvelt asked insightful questions that prompted a comprehensive exploration into the making of "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy." 

Ye fans need not despair, Netflix has already snagged this one and will release the four-hour trilogy on February 16, while Sundance "jeen-yuhs" ticketholders will get to watch the first of the three installments. The film officially premieres at Sundance on Sunday. There will be a TIME Studios-sponsored discussion led by writer J. Ivy with Simmons and Ozah on January 24 at 11 a.m. MST. This is open to the public and worth checking out. 

My takeaways from watching the interview led by Blauvelt today are: 

  • This is not a film about Kanye. It is a film that celebrates the relationship of two friends (Coodie and Ye) through the lens of Coodie. 
  • The film is for the dreamers.
  • Kanye West did not have creative control on film cuts (side note: he's not happy about it ).
  • It sheds light on Kanye's commitment to success and reminds viewers that celebrity news doesn't necessarily show all the sides of famous people. 

Learn more about "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy" on the Sundance website and, well, anywhere else, really.