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2012 Sundance Predictions: Stephen Elliott’s Cherry

After James Franco picked up Stephen Elliott’s memoir The Adderall Diaries for a screen adaptation, somewhere along the way the author got to go behind the camera and cast Franco along with Heather Graham, Lili Taylor and Dev Patel in Cherry, an indie pic about the porn biz that was shot last May. Fest programmers are already warm to Franco’s work, and if they take kindly to the film then a little sizzle might go a long way in the crisp month of January. A Premieres showing seems likely.

#15. Cherry – Stephen Elliott

After James Franco picked up Stephen Elliott’s memoir The Adderall Diaries for a screen adaptation, somewhere along the way the author got to go behind the camera and cast Franco along with Heather Graham, Lili Taylor and Dev Patel in Cherry, an indie pic about the porn biz that was shot last May. Fest programmers are already warm to Franco’s work, and if they take kindly to the film then a little sizzle might go a long way in the crisp month of January. A Premieres showing seems likely.

Gist: Scripted by Elliott and adult film star Lorelei Lee, the story centers on a troubled 18-year-old who moves to San Francisco, where she enters the porn industry and becomes involved with a cocaine-addicted lawyer, to be played by Franco. Graham will play a former porn star-turned-director who becomes mildly obsessed with the young starlet, who has yet to be cast. Taylor will play the teen’s alcoholic mother, while Patel will play the girl’s best friend who’s in love with her.

Producers: Gordon Bijelonic (Another Happy Day), Elizabeth Destro (Weapons), Rick Dugdale, Jordan Kessler and Datari Turner
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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