FilmRise has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Elizabeth Wood’s controversial drama "White Girl."
In a previous interview with Women and Hollywood, Wood described the plot of her narrative directorial debut as such: "Summer, New York City. A college girl [Leah, played by Morgan Saylor] falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back."
The film made waves when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year because of it’s intense subject matter. One review described it as "beyond brash, playing like ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ gone off to college and hooked on coke," while others have compared "White Girl" to Larry Clark’s influential 1995 film "Kids."
When asked for her advice to other female directors, Wood told us, "I read about women feeling like they are punished for being emotional, crying, etc., and I just don’t think that is something anyone should worry about. You cry? You get emotional? Who cares. It’s powerful to show how you feel, and anyway, men are emotional and cry too!I simply don’t think we can think too much about the fact that we are women. Sure, you may show up and the guys are all talking to themselves over you, but don’t worry: Let them settle down and get to work. Once it’s showtime, it will quickly become clear whose film it is."
"White Girl" was executive produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, who also co-produced "Kids," and will be released in theaters in late summer or early fall.