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Sucsy’s Garden Leads to Goree Girls

Michael Sucsy is parlaying the recent success of his Emmy-nominated HBO film Grey Gardens into his first theatrical project titled Goree Girls.

Michael Sucsy is parlaying the recent success of his Emmy-nominated HBO film Grey Gardens into his first theatrical project titled Goree Girls. Variety reports that Sucsy would direct Jennifer Aniston and a cast of seven other women sometime in January for production co. Overnight’s Rick Schwartz and Aaron Kaufman and Echo Films’ Aniston and Kristin Hahn are producing.

Girls is a music-themed film based on a Texas Monthly article titled “O Sister Where Art Thou” (you can read the actual article here) about eight female prison inmates who formed a singing act in the 1940s. The 8,000-word Skip Hollandsworth-penned tale revealed the whereabouts of the Texas-based Goree All Girl String Band, which became a sensation as the ladies serenaded national radio audiences. The women, some of whom had been sent up the river for robbery and murder, formed the band, hoping to shorten their sentences. The shame of being incarcerated caused them to spurn the fame that awaited them.

Sucsy will “polish” the most recent draft by John Lee Hancock, who rewrote an original by Margaret Nagle. Overnight are the folks behind Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Rick Schwartz may be the one who in retrospect, might have gave Lindsay Lohan’s her career re-start. Schwartz producedthe direct to DVD release of Labor Pains and he is producing Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis’ Machete where the actress just grabbed a role.

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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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