Wild Nights With Emily

Wild Nights With Emily

Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in the humorous drama 'Wild Nights with Emily." The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems. Unique and surreal, this seriously Independent film was the Winner of the US-In-Progress award in Paris.

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Madeleine Olnek


Director: Madeleine Olnek
Executive Producer: Todd Remis, David Moscow, Jennifer Kriz, Co-EP's Rufus Parker & Kunal Rajan
Producer: Casper Andreas, Anna Margarita Albelo, Max-Rifkind Barron, Madeleine Olnek
Screenwriter: Madeleine Olnek
Cinematographer: DP Anna Stypko; 2nd Unit DP Mika Altskan
Editor: Lee Eaton, Anthony Clemente; Add'l Editors: Ali Muney, Curtis Grout, Ravi Kiran
Production Designer: Allison Frye, Eimi Imanishi
Sound Designer: Bumi Hidaka
Music: Frid & Frid
Principal Cast: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Sasha Frolova, Lisa Haas, Al Sutton
Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Anthony Faure, Costumes: Linda Gui, Costumes: Christine Casaus, Line Producer: Alex Peace, Costumes: Courtney Leigh Newman, Sound: Franz Brun, Dramaturg: Deb Margolin, Associate Producer: Lisa Franklin, Associate Producer: Jasmine Presson, Musical Director: Kenny Wang


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Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Experimental, LGBTQ, Romance
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 84:07 mins