Wild Nights with Emily


In this laugh-out-loud period dramatic comedy, Molly Shannon transforms 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson from tragic spinster to irreverent lesbian heartthrob. Outfest alum Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins) reclaims Dickinson’s identity from the throes of patriarchy, exploring her vivacious side and her lifelong romantic relationship with her best friend and brother’s wife Susan (Susan Ziegler). In a film that’s part sketch comedy, part historical burlesque, Molly Shannon’s performance is alive as she kicks up the pieces of this famous legacy.

Preceded by: 

Crying Game (Dir: Gianna Gianna, 3 min)

SAT | July 21 | The Ford | 8:30 PM

Director: Madeleine Olnek

USA | 84 minutes | 2018


Director Bio: 

Madeleine Olnek holds an MFA from Columbia Film School, where she was awarded the William Goldman Screenwriting fellowship and the Adrienne Shelley award for Best Female Director. She has had four films at Sundance, including her first and second features, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and The Foxy Merkins, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Wild Nights With Emily was given the prestigious Guggenheim award, based on the in-depth scholarship which was required for the project. It premiered at SXSW 2018.