Selah and The Spades (R) ★★★½ H360 Radio Podcast

Lovie Simone plays Selah Summers in “Selah and the Spades.”

“Selah and the Spades” is a High School drama with anti-hero Selah who claims her throne. Five factions run a Pennsylvania boarding school’s student body. Selah Summers, played by Lovie Simone, runs the most powerful group, the Spades. They sell illegal alcohol and pills.

As tensions between the factions come to a head, Selah’s moral compass turns to evil, as she wrestles with losing her control.

Director and Writer Tayarisha Poe, a new filmmaker, provides a loud statement, “Stop, trying to shape teen girls, just let them be themselves!” Chaz Ebert is a producer.

Selah is a fully written and expertly directed character; she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s strong, beautiful, bold, and driven by power. Ultimately the mask is lifted as her ultra-controlled home life is unveiled.

With shades of movies like “Clueless,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Mean Girls” and “Heathers,” “Selah and the Spades” is visual artistry of storytelling in motion.

It’s now streaming on Amazon Prime.

More to follow after my H360 radio review tonight, including links to Cinema/Chicago and Amazon Studios virtual Q&A that I attended on April 22, 2020, with writer/director Tayarisha Poe and executive producer Chaz Ebert. The informative chat with host Mimi Plauché the Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director.

CIFF host Mimi Plauché, writer/director Tayarisha Poe, and executive producer Chaz Ebert

Here’s the link to the Radio Podcast that aired on Hollywood 360 Radio Network★★★%C2%BD/

Sarah Knight Adamson© May 5, 2020