WEEK IN WOMEN: Krystin Ver Linden’s ALICE sells pre-Sundance – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Ahead of its upcoming world premiere as part of the Sundance Film Festival 2022, Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have snapped up U.S. rights to the dramatic thriller Alice, written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden (American Roulette).

The highly anticipated film marks the feature debut of Ver Linden, who was recently named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” for 2022.

Alice will be released theatrically on March 18, according to a news release.

“As soon as we saw Alice, we knew we had to take it off the market before its Sundance debut,” said Vertical Entertainment Partner Peter Jarowey in a statement. “It is that rare film that is at once important, enlightening and extremely entertaining. Together, Krystin and Keke take us on an inspiring and unforgettable journey that offers a fresh perspective on a little-known and troubling part of our nation’s history.”

The film stars Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Scream Queens) as Alice, an enslaved person yearning for freedom on a rural Georgia plantation under its brutal and disturbed owner, Paul (Jonny Lee Miller, The Crown). After a violent clash with Paul, she flees through the neighboring woods and stumbles onto the unfamiliar sight of a highway, soon discovering the year is actually 1973. Rescued on the roadside by a disillusioned political activist named Frank (Common, John Wick: Chapter 2), Alice quickly comprehends the lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of Black liberation. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.