DOLBY FAMILY FELLOWSHIP
Mudbound, winner of the 2017 Dolby Institute Fellowship, is a powerful and provocative film about two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle with racism and adjusting to life after war.
The film, co-written and directed by Dee Rees, premiered in Dolby Atmos® at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and was acquired by Netflix for a record sum. It premiered on the streaming platform in January 2017, followed by a week-long run in select theaters.
"We created the Dolby Institute Fellowship to support select independent movies which have a very ambitious role for sound in their storytelling, but don't have the resources to achieve it," said Dolby Institute director Glenn Kiser. "We chose Mudbound because, in addition to large-scale war scenes told largely through sound, the movie also used sound design very effectively to create the world of rural Mississippi farmland."
[Dolby Atmos] increases the subjectivity because we, as the audience, don't know where the next thing is going to come from or what's going to happen.
DEE REES, DIRECTOR, MUDBOUND