I Believe In Unicorns Directed
Leah Meyerhoff USA / 2014 / 80 minutes
Spotlight on Women
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Leah Meyerhoff, Aly Migliori
The word unicorn conjures up the sense of fanciful imagination and mythical realism. It also conjures up the longing for the unrealistic and unbelievable to be true. In Leah Meyerhof’s debut feature, imagination and reality become interchangeable. Davina, played with stunning range by Natalia Dyer, seeks to escape her dire life taking care of her disabled mother, by creating dreamy settings in her room and looking for romance and adventure away from home. She finds all of that, and then some, in Sterling (Peter Vack), an older “bad boy” who seems to have invented cool.
The two set off on a wild adventure where playfulness and passion collide. A celebration of color, sound and whimsy make I Believe in Unicorns something you want to believe in. –Svetlana Krotek
BIO: Leah Meyerhoff’s previous short films have screened in over 200 film festivals, won a dozen awards, and aired on several cable networks. She has been shortlisted for the Gotham Awards and received high profile grants from IFP the Tribeca Film Institute and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Her short film Twitch was shortlisted for a Student Academy Award, won a Slamdance Grand Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC, PBS, Hulu, and Skandinavia TV. She directed a commercial for Converse and music videos for Triple Creme, Joan As Police Woman and Luff, which aired on LOGO and MTV. Leah also starred in the docudrama Film School on IFC. Leah participated in both IFP’s Emerging Narrative Labs and Narrative Finishing Labs. She was one of ten filmmakers chosen for the New York Film Festival’s Emerging Visions program, one of eight filmmakers in the 2013 Tribeca All Access Labs and was recently honored with the Adrienne Shelly Director’s Award. Leah is a Tribeca Film Institute mentor and the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker collective based in New York. She is a Brown University graduate and Dean’s Fellow in Graduate Film at NYU.
Cast/Featuring: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner
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