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J.D. Dillard's Sweetheart

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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #33. J.D. Dillard’s Sweetheart


Making a tsunami out of a ripple when he landed Sundance’s 2016 NEXT section with the his calling card Sleight, J.D. Dillard might not be a household name now, but we’ve got the feeling that his sophomore pic might get the same kind of spark with his survivalist horror thriller under the Blumhouse label. Casting began in January, production in May.

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Written by Dillard, Alex Theurer and Alex Hyner and starring Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Andrew Crawford, the plot deets have not been released.

Release Date/Prediction: This is yet to be sold, we expect this to follow in the same path as Get Out.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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