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Kilo Kids: FilmRise Bail out Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl”

In a post Sundance, pre-spring pickup, FilmRise’s Danny Fisher has landed a hot summer title that didn’t go unnoticed when it was launched back in Park City in the U.S Dramatic Comp. Currently being shown in different American film fests, the distrib have announced that they’ll peddle the drug and sex-fueled White Girl in late Summer/early Fall 2016.

Gist: Summer, New York City. A college girl (Morgan Saylor) falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

Worth Noting: Cinematographer Michael Simmonds (who has shot almost all of Ramin Bahrani’s films) excels here.

Do We Care?: Slotted in our number 2 spot in our 2016 Top 10 New Faces Sundance wrap up, Saylor offers a “fierce, non-exploitative role that is full of risk,” while this is a brave performance and visceral debut from Wood, this comes unhinged, imperfect and in portions remains a tough watch for a multitude of reasons.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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