Almost Adults
Almost Adults
preceded by Tits.
International Narrative Feat.
(Canada, 2015, 90 min)
Blu-ray, QuickTime Pro-Res, DCP
USA Premiere
Directed By: Sarah Rotella

Director Statement

"ALMOST ADULTS is the first feature for Toronto-based director Sarah Rotella, writer Adrianna DiLonardo, and producer Rebecca Swift. The film has already garnered a lot of buzz with the teaser trailer being released at VidCon in July of 2015 and with 305,000+ views on YouTube. It has been one of the top 20 most talked about films on Tumblr on 4 occasions according to Tumblr's Fandometrics (in the company of major blockbusters including Avengers, Mockingjay, Terminator, etc.) In March of 2015, Almost Adults won IndieWire's project of the week and project of the month, and 2015's Project of the Year. The full-length trailer premiered at Toronto's Buffer Festival in October of 2015 and garnered 1.1 million+ views on YouTube. The film was recently part of the Tribeca Film Institute Network during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

With a female writer, director, and producer, the Almost Adults team made every effort to hire a predominately female cast and crew. 61% of the entire cast and crew were female including editor, production designer, sound recordist, costume designer, assistant director, gaffer, colourist, and post production supervisor. During production, several of our female crew members including script supervisor, key grip, and sound recordist took female production assistants under their wings to teach them about their position and give them on set experience.

Almost Adults was fully funded through Kickstarter. Executive producers Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLonardo relied on the support of their 255,000+ YouTube subscribers to help fund the film. Rotella and DiLonardo are the co-creators of the successful YouTube Channel, Unsolicited Project that focuses on LGBTQ comedy sketches and web series, with 45+ million channel views. In March of 2015 they launched a Kickstarter campaign with a $40,000 funding goal. They reached 50% of their goal in less than 24 hours and 305% by the end of their 30 day campaign, raising a total of $122,056.

Almost Adults stars Natasha Negovanlis as Cassie and Elise Bauman as Mackenzie, in their feature film debut. Both actors also star in the popular web series Carmilla that has garnered 13+ million YouTube views in their first 2 seasons on KindaTV. Negovanlis received Best Actress nominations in 2015 for a Shorty and Streamy award for her role in Carmilla. They have 180,000+ combined followers on Twitter and Instagram."
Post-Screening Reception: All-Girl Friday
Screening Schedule
Fri, Jul 15th 7:00pm

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