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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #175. Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries

Wild Canaries

Director: Lawrence Michael Levine
Writer: Lawrence Michael Levine
Producers: Takal, Kim Sherman, E. McCabe Walsh
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, Kevin Corrigan

One of the only eight slots for the SXSW Dramatic Comp and part of the half dozen titles presented at the U.S in Progress, we’re expecting Gabi on the Roof helmer to have fine-tuned his filmmaking skills with his third feature film which has a packed house of indie thesps and on paper proposes the sort of fun one can have while playing Clue.

Gist: Newly engaged Brooklyn couple, Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (Lawrence Michael Levine), are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play. Sporting a trench coat and fedora, she enlists her roommate Jean (Alia Shawkat) to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect.

Release Date: Just announced as a SXSW Narrative Comp selection, this will likely tour several U.S. indie fests and if picked up early will receive a theatrical release sometime this year.

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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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