Houston Producer is Behind Netflix’s Big Movie ‘Mudbound’

Houston native Sally Jo Effenson is the producer behind Netflix’s next big movie debut “Mudbound.”

The film, which stars Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, premiered with a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. It’s the biggest deal to come out of that festival, with a reported budget of $12.5 million.

The movie will be released online and in theaters simultaneously in the U.S.

It follows a couple, Mulligan and Jason Clarke, who move to rural Mississippi in the 1940s. It examines the struggles and relationships between Black and White Americans in that time, including the Ku Klux Klan’s involvement in that region’s farming landscape.

Variety film critic Peter Debruge writes:

“As such scenes make clear, ‘Mudbound’ is a story about fighters, whether defending the country from Hitler or simply trying to put food and milk on the table. That’s something anyone can relate to, and yet, as the movie illustrates, when everyone’s crowded together on the bottom, it makes sense to stand up and fight together, not against one another — and (director Dee) Rees’ achievement comes in looking past what separates her characters and celebrating what they have in common.”

Effenson has also produced documentary “A Sister’s Call” in 2012 and “Burying the Ex” in 2014.