Join us for a Pride Month installment of Out After Midnite as we screen, “Wild Nights With Emily,” a new comedy centered on the life of America’s beloved “recluse poet” Emily Dickinson. Director Madeleine Olnek seeks to change the way we talk about Dickinson forever with this crackling, funny retelling of the well trodden story of Emily Dickinson as the outcast 19th century martyr of Women’s rights. Olnek explores the likelihood of a Dickinson who was more likely “defiantly gay” than downtrodden, employing Molly Shannon to shake the dust from Dickinson’s persona and help audiences rediscover her for our modern day. Through Olnek’s unique and inspired lesbian lens and Shannon’s pitch perfect performance, Emily Dickinson lives anew!
As always, your ticket comes with a free small soda, a free small popcorn and pizza (while supply lasts) from our friends and neighbors Boyz From Italy.
In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan…yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.
Runtime: 84 Minutes
Venue: Cinema Capitol
Format: Digital Print
- June 8, 2019 10:00 pm