Peanut Gallery


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: In Distribution

LOGLINE

Molly, age 26, returns to her childhood home in Indiana to talk to her parents about a subject they’ve never really discussed: her sister’s death, sixteen years earlier.

SYNOPSIS

The Gandours were a family of four until 1994, when Molly’s sister Aimee died of leukemia. They didn’t talk substantially about what had happened or how it felt.

Peanut Gallery is a record of the Gandour’s two-month-long effort to excavate their family’s past. Weaving together home movies and childhood diaries with present day family dinners and therapy sessions, the film explores how chronic illness and loss can reverberate through a family in tragic, but also transformative and illuminating ways.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Before this project, I hadn’t watched the home videos that my dad made before Aimee died. I hadn’t looked at her medical records or diaries. I’d barely spoken with my parents about any of it. My childhood memories were sealed off.

Making this film has allowed me to recalibrate what my family means to me now that my sister is gone. In A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis writes, “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” Why fear? I think it’s because when you lose someone so close to you, you lose your bearings. And when you find an equilibrium again, it will be different. It will never be the same.

KEY CREW

Molly Gandour - Director

Molly produced the Academy-Award nominated HBO doc, “Gasland,” about natural gas fracking, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, Emmy for Best Non Fiction Directing, Yoko Ono Peace Prize, among others. Molly worked as an editor for PBS NewsHour and Oprah Winfrey Network and as an associate producer for HBO Docs and WNET/Channel 13 (PBS). She script supervised the narrative feature, “It Felt Like Love,” (Dir. Eliza Hittman, 2013) that premiered at Sundance. She participated in Berlinale Talent Campus (2011) and studied Literary Arts at Brown University.

Christine Giorgio - Co-Producer

Christine produced the feature film “Four,” which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival where the cast was jointly awarded Best Performance in a Narrative Feature. The film’s lead actor, Wendell Pierce, received a Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead. She also produced the feature film “The Big Shot Caller,” the India-set documentary “The Origin of Sound,” and the award-winning short films “Chin Up” and “Underwear.”

Ali Muney - Editor

ALI MUNEY (Editor) credits include two feature documentaries for PBS; Yoruba Richen's The New Black and Joanna Lipper's The Supreme Price. She has also edited 3 narrative features; Seasons of Love for Lifetime, Jayce Bartok's Fall To Rise and Nefertite Nguvu's In The Morning. Ali has cut several short films which have screened at Cannes, Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and Frameline film festivals. Ali began her career as an assistant editor for films helmed by directors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tamara Jenkins and George C. Wolfe.

Nathan Larson - Composer

NATHAN LARSON (Composer) has scored numerous films including Boy’s Don’t Cry (1999, Kim Pierce, dir. Fox Searchlight), Margin Call (JC Chandor, 2011), God’s Pocket (John Slattery, 2014), Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson, 2014), Lilya 4 Ever (Lukas Moodyson, dir. Memfis Films / Lion’s Gate, 2003), Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, dir. Miramax, 2003) Palindromes (Todd Solondz, dir., 2005), High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, dir, October Films, 1998), as well as television (MTV, PBS, Nickelodeon) and commercials (H&M, Nike, Volvo). He fills in with the Late Night Band on Seth Meyers and just started a record label called Modern Imperia 

Frances Harlow - Producer

FRANCES HARLOW (Producer) is a Brooklyn-based producer and audio engineer. After graduating from Brown University, she completed graduate coursework at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and worked in WGBH-Boston's multimedia newsroom. Frances has produced podcasts for outlets ranging from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society to the United Talent Agency Brand Studio, and her independent reporting has aired on NHPR, Global Voices, Public Radio Remix, KFAI, WRST, and WRVO. 

 

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ACCOLADES

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2017
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Slamdance Film Festival (2016)
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New Jersey Film Festival (2016)

 

UPDATE - July 20, 2015

 PEANUT GALLERY premiered at Madrid IFF and Indianapolis Film Festival where local press gave it 5 stars and called it one of the top 10 films to see at the festival.  It is playing at Videology in Brooklyn and at Anthology Film Archives as part of NewFilmmakers New York.  

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