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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Victoria Mahoney’s Chalk Rx


She was on solid grounds workshopping her debut film at multiple Sundance Institute labs and it yielded notable stops at the Berlin, SXSW, Deauville Film Festivals before being released theatrically in late 2012. Victoria Mahoney‘s Chalk RX appears to incorporate some of the signifiers and parameters found inYelling to the Sky, we are anticipating a raw depiction of youth, street life and violence. A film production that flew off the radar, Mahoney reteams with actor Shiloh Fernandez (who starred in her 2013 short Flaunt), with a cast comprised Mirrah Foulkes (David Michod’s Animal Kingdom), and a handful of newbies including Nick Valensi and Marilyn Mark. Production took place in Los Angeles this past May, so this will indeed be ready in time for 1st quarter festivals such as Sundance all the way up to Tribeca.

Gist: This follows a person making peace with their past while finding murder suspects.

Production Co./Producers: Melissa Panzer, Marisol Garbutt.

Prediction: only category that would be a good fit is the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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