Ian Foreman, 13, Stuns Sundance with Dual Film Premiere

Ian Foreman, 13, Stuns Sundance with Dual Film Premiere
PARK CITY, UTAH – JANUARY 18: Ian Foreman attends the “I Saw The TV Glow” Premiere during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival at Library Center Theatre on January 18, 2024 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Alabama’s 13-year-old sensation, Ian Foreman, made waves at the 40th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival with an unprecedented double premiere. Foreman surprised the Sundance community by debuting two feature films, “I Saw the TV Glow” and “Exhibiting Forgiveness,” alongside industry heavyweights.

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Foreman shared the screen with André Holland, John Earl Jelks, Golden Globe Winner Andra Day, and Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. “I Saw The TV Glow,” produced by A24 and Emma Stone’s Fruit Tree, directed by Sundance alum Jane Schoenbrun, and “Exhibiting Forgiveness,” written and directed by Titus Kaphar, both earned a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Variety described Foreman’s role in “Exhibiting Forgiveness” as a “quiet, thoughtful child with eyes that reveal his inner melancholy.” IndieWire highlighted Foreman’s portrayal as the younger version of Tarrell, played by André Holland, stating, “Foreman’s performance as young Tarrell is the soul of the film.”

Deadline noted how “Exhibiting Forgiveness” “Electrified Sundance With Packed & Powerful Premiere” and received a standing ovation. The Wrap remarked, “It’s painful and it doesn’t necessarily heal, but it’s a full experience, exceptional in its craft, with performances that cannot be dismissed or be forgotten.”

Foreman’s debut films premiered before sold-out audiences during the opening weekend of Sundance, with Foreman revealing, “I Saw the TV Glow” is “An A24 Production produced by Emma Stone’s Production Company, Fruit Tree, and directed by Sundance alum Jane Schoenbrun,” while “Exhibiting Forgiveness” is “written and directed by artist-turned-filmmaker, Titus Kaphar.”

In an interview with senior editor Angelique Jackson from Variety, Foreman expressed gratitude for the warm reception from esteemed veterans and luminaries. He met industry peers he has long admired, including David Allen Grier, Ruth E. Carter, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Vanessa Estelle Williams, and Dewayne Perkins, acknowledging their contributions.

Foreman’s Sundance 2024 debut is historic, facing strict age restrictions and premiering two films, setting a new standard for young actors. The rising star is now available for interviews, signaling the beginning of a promising career in the film industry.

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