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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tommy O’Haver’s The Most Hated Woman in America

Not a biopic on Hillary Clinton but the title of one outspoken trailblazing personality who took on gawking religious folk, despite some television work Tommy O’Haver has seen any directing action since he pitted a nasty human being (Catherine Keener) against hope (Ellen Page) in 2007’s An American Crime. His relationship with the fest began in 1998 with Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, then had a pair of fluffy Hollywood titles in between. Flash forward almost a decade later, and we’re ripe for what could be an outstanding performance from Melissa Leo in The Most Hated Woman in America. Production took place last March, Juno Temple, Vincent Kartheiser, Adam Scott, Josh Lucas, Rory Cochrane, and Vivienne Taylor complete the team.

Gist: A true story of the much debated rise and demise of a woman, named Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was known as the head atheist activist of America. She founded the organization, American Atheist, and held the position of president within the organization for 13 years. Quickly this woman became the most loathed person in the country.

Production Co./Producers: Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect 2), Laura Rister (The Free World).

Prediction: Premieres category.

U.S. Distributor: Netflix. 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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