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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Aaron Katz’s Gemini

In his quiet ascension from micro indie filmmaker (2005’s All the Stage Is a World, 2006’s Dance Party, USA, 2007’s Quiet City, 2010’s Cold Weather) to 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award winning Land Ho!, it is with Gemini where Aaron Katz gets to work with a bigger canvas and a better toolbox. Now at the sixth feature film mark in just a little bit over a decade, the Los Angeles set project that lensed this past June had players Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz and John Cho embark on a tale that might belong to the catalogue of modern Los Angeles crime sprawl a la Mulholland Drives and Nightcrawlers. Musical cues are provided by the uber of score-providers in Keegan DeWitt, and the look of by longtime creative collaborator Andrew Reed.

Gist: A shocking discovery tests the co-dependent relationship between Jill (Lola Kirke), a tenacious personal assistant, and Heather (Kravitz), her Hollywood starlet boss. As Jill struggles to solve the mystery, she confronts the deep dimensions of crime, truth, and celebrity.

Production Co./Producers: Mynette Louie (Land Ho!), Sara Murphy (Hunter Gatherer), Adele Romanski (Moonlight).

Prediction: Premieres section. Could bypass SXSW and Tribeca for a major film festival unveiling.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. ICM Partners (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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