Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate Reunite for Landline -- SIFF Centerpiece Gala Presentation
The uproarious slice-of-life comedy screens at SIFF on Saturday, June 3at 5:30pm (Gala Screening) with director Gillian Robespierre and stars Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn in attendance. It screens again Sunday, June 4 at 3pm.
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin, which reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco), and along the way, they discover the messy reality of love and sex. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child).
Gillian Robespierre | USA | Running time 97 mins.
An Amazon Studios Release
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Gillian Robespierre is a filmmaker born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts film and video program. Her first feature, Obvious Child, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was named the year's "best discovery" on iTunes, and won Ms. Robespierre the National Board of Review Award for best directorial debut. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Jenny Slate made her feature film debut in Gillian Robespierre’s critically acclaimed Obvious Child. Slate starred as “Donna,” a twenty-something comedienne whose unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by A24 Films.
For her breakout performance in Obvious Child, Slate won a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” and was honored with a 2015 Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Female Lead Actor” and a Gotham Award for “Breakthrough Actor.” Additionally, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, TIME, VARIETY, and W MAGAZINE acknowledged Slate as one of the year’s best performances. Slate and Obvious Child were recognized by the National Board of Review and various critics’ societies and film festivals including: Chicago Film Critics Association, St. Louis Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, Georgia Film Critics Association, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Women Film Critics Circle, Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Newport Beach Film Festival.
Slate recently reteamed with the filmmakers behind Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, for Landline. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is an honest comedy about what happens when sisters become friends and parents become humans. Amazon will release Landline on July 21st. Other upcoming films include Aardvark opposite Jon Hamm and Zachary Quinto, which will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival; The Polka Kingopposite Jack Black which also premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; and Brain on Fire opposite Chloe Grace Moretz. She recently starred in Joshy opposite Thomas Middleditch and My Blind Brother opposite Adam Scott and Nick Kroll. Slate currently stars in Marc Webb’s Gifted opposite Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer
On television, Slate has appeared in Showtime’s House of Lies opposite Don Cheadle, Comedy Central’s Kroll Show opposite Nick Kroll, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation opposite Amy Poehler. She also lends her voice to FOX’s BOB’S BURGERS as the voice of “Tammy.” Her other television credits include: Girls, Married, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Bored to Death, Saturday Night Live, and Hello Ladies.
Along with Dean Fleischer-Camp, Slate is the co-creator of the internet sensation Marcel the Shellshort films, which Slate also voices. The first video, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, has over 24 million views on YouTube and has been turned into a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling book, also written by Slate and Fleischer-Camp. They also wrote a second book titled Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.
Olivia Barash began her work in the entertainment industry at the young age of five years old. During her early years of acting, singing and dancing in classic musicals on stage in New York, Olivia starred as “Baby June” in Gypsy with Angela Lansbury. She was the first child actor to win the acclaimed New York Critics Award.
Moving to Hollywood to expand her acting experience, Olivia’s career took on a new turn in television and feature films. One of her most memorable roles, the controversial character “Sylvia” in Little House On The Prairie, propelled her to receive consideration for an Emmy Award nomination. That led to the female lead role of “Leila” in the cult film classic, Repo Man. Olivia was then written into the hit T.V. series, Fame.
Evolving as an indie film actor, she worked with a range of Hollywood greats including Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp. Crossing over into a recording career, as a signed composer/ recording-artist with Warner Chappell Music, Barash performed her original music for motion pictures such as Oliver Stone's The Doors.
Bringing together her diverse experience and talents to the other side of the camera, in 2013 Barash began directing, writing and producing with Fallout Entertainment. She has directed music videos for bands such as Fishbone, and her documentary feature film, Friends Of The Viper Room. Olivia has been in production on BarkvilleTV for the last year with her new production company, Original Pixel Cowboys.
Abby has been performing since the age of six when she was cast as a munchkin in her school’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, she has appeared in Law and Order SVU, as well as the film The Sisterhood Of Night. Up next, she will star alongside Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, and John Turturro in Landline, which premiered at Sundance on January 20, 2017 and is slated for a limited platform release from Amazon Studios on July 21, 2017. She is set to appear in an upcoming episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror directed by Jodie Foster and in the film Radium Girls opposite Joey King, set for a 2017 release. Last year, Abby was seen on the big screen opposite Ben Schnetzer, Maria Bello, and Ella Purnell in The Journey Is The Destination.
For as long as she has been acting, Abby has been singing and writing music. She began playing guitar at the age of 7, and is vocally trained by Steven Lutvak. Most recently, Abby has recorded her original music with producer, Ryan Hadlock, at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Washington, as well as in California with producer, John Fields.
Abby is an accomplished equestrian, avid snowboarder and lover of the outdoors.