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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Untitled Madeleine Olnek Emily Dickinson Project

We were a little too early with this prognostication, and we don’t yet have an official title, but we’re now thinking it’s time for a Molly Shannon performance to slay the masses and we might just find it here in Madeleine Olnek‘s next feature. Lensing took place in late 2015 for the filmmaker who first visited the fest with 2011’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and for 2014’s The Foxy Merkins. Nominated for the 2014 Independent Spirit “Someone To Watch” award, this third film features Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman (maybe a break out year with the release of Lemon), Sasha Frolova and Dana Melanie. Could be a fun year with Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion (receiving a 2017 theatrical release).

Gist: The comedy-period piece about famed poet Dickinson has been described as kind of an “experimental” piece with Shannon taking the title role as an adult Emily and Dana Melanie playing Young Emily.

Production Co./Producers: Anna Margarita Albelo, Casper Andreas, Madeleine Olnek, Max Rifkind-Barron.

Prediction: U.S Dramatic Comp with Rotterdam or Berlin showing.

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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