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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Susanna Fogel’s Life Partners (Exclusive First Look!)

It’s got the Sundance folk/system stacked in its corner. The Institute selected Life Partners for the January Screenwriters Lab (’12), gave it’s producer a nudge and even a public read of the screenplay. Susanna Fogel’s directorial debut shot in 2013 with the femme-centric ensemble of Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Greer Grammer, Gabourey Sidibe and Julie White. Adam Brody is in there too. Oh…and Fogel and her/creative writing partner Joni Lefkowitz have got It Is What It Is in the pipeline with Evan Rachel Wood, Olivia Thirlby and Sigourney Weaver attached. Check out the exclusive first look below – Photo credit by Erik Anders Lang.

Written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, this is about a codependent friendship between two single girls approaching 30 — type-A Paige (Gillian Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Leighton Meester)— who must struggle to redefine their friendship and its boundaries when Paige meets the (romantic) love of her life (Adam Brody). LIFE PARTNERS is part coming-of-age story about two slightly stunted girls from a generation where growing up happens at a slower pace…and part comedy-of-manners about the intimacy of female friendship and its innate passive-aggressiveness. A portrait of what it means to grow up and grow apart.

Production Co./Producers: Haven Ent.’s Jordana Mollick and Brendan Bragg, Red Crown’s Riva Marker and Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Joni Lefkowitz. Exec Producers: Dan Crown (Red Crown), Anne O’Shea (Minerva), Peter Touche (Sandia Media).

Prediction: I’ve seen comedy debuts crack the U.S Dramatic Comp in the past (see In a World…), which is where this might end up. We prefer a Premieres showing for this funny bone tickler.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available – UTA & WME Global

Susanna Fogel's Life Partners

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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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