Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Tara Bitran on November 17, 2019.
Held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and presented by The Hollywood Reporter, the annual panel featured eight performers in standout independent films of the past year, including Sterling Brown, Alfre Woodard, Florence Pugh, Kerry Washington, Awkwafina, Jimmie Fails, Cynthia Erivo and Jon Hamm.
“We’re here talking about Frozen 2, the little indie that could, right? I hope it finds an audience,” joked Sterling K. Brown at the start of AFI Fest’s Indie Contenders panel, highlighting standout independent films and performances from the past year.
Brown, who was representing Waves, was joined by Alfre Woodard (Clemency), Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family/Midsommar) Kerry Washington (American Son), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Jimmie Fails (The Last Black Man in San Francisco), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) and Jon Hamm (The Report) at the annual event, this year presented by The Hollywood Reporter. …