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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Aaron Katz’s Gemini

In his quiet ascension from micro indie filmmaker (2005’s All the Stage Is a World, 2006’s Dance Party, USA, 2007’s Quiet City, 2010’s Cold Weather) to 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award winning Land Ho!, it is with Gemini where Aaron Katz gets to work with a bigger canvas and a better toolbox. Now at the sixth feature film mark in just a little bit over a decade, the Los Angeles set project that lensed this past June had players Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz and John Cho embark on a tale that might belong to the catalogue of modern Los Angeles crime sprawl a la Mulholland Drives and Nightcrawlers. Musical cues are provided by the uber of score-providers in Keegan DeWitt, and the look of by longtime creative collaborator Andrew Reed.

Gist: A shocking discovery tests the co-dependent relationship between Jill (Lola Kirke), a tenacious personal assistant, and Heather (Kravitz), her Hollywood starlet boss. As Jill struggles to solve the mystery, she confronts the deep dimensions of crime, truth, and celebrity.

Production Co./Producers: Mynette Louie (Land Ho!), Sara Murphy (Hunter Gatherer), Adele Romanski (Moonlight).

Prediction: Premieres section. Could bypass SXSW and Tribeca for a major film festival unveiling.

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

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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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