Patti Cake$ features the big screen debut of Australian native Danielle Macdonald, playing the role of aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka "Killa P", aka "Patti Cake$", from New Jersey. The story follows her struggles as she tries to make a name for herself in a town that doesn't care much about anyone. The cast includes Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, and Bridget Everett. This wasn't exactly one of my favorite films of Sundance (read my review) but it has a lot of heart, it's raucus and entertaining, and it tells an encouraging story of ignoring what others say, and becoming who you really are deep down. Dig it.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$, direct from FSL's YouTube:
Patti Cake$ introduces Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music.Read more at FirstShowing