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‘Ingrid Goes West’ to Close L.A. Film Festival

HR – Ingrid Goes West has been set as the closing night film at the L.A. Film Festival.

The dark comedy from director Matt Spicer, which is set for an Aug. 11 release, stars Aubrey Plaza as the obsessive and unstable titular woman who secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane, an Instagram lifestyle guru played by Elizabeth Olsen.

As previously announced, the Film Independent fest will open with the world premiere of Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry while Sundance hit Brigsby Bear will act as the gala screening.

“Being able to bookend the festival with strong female leads was a deliberate choice,” said festival director Jennifer Cochis. “These women aren’t a love interest or a small plot point, they are driving the narratives of both our opening and closing night films.”

The L.A. Film Fest will run June 14-22, with screenings taking place at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City as well as in Hollywood and Santa Monica.

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Sundance: Neon Buys ‘Ingrid Goes West’

VARIETY – Neon has bought North American distribution rights to “Ingrid Goes West” out of the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has learned.

To nab the comedy-drama it beat out the likes of A24 and Netflix, both of which were in the hunt. The film is a satire of the digital age, chronicling the exploits of an unstable woman (Aubrey Plaza) with an obsessive streak. She follows Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), a social media star, out to Los Angeles, after becoming fixated on her seemingly perfect life.

In addition to Plaza and Olsen, “Ingrid Goes West” stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. It marks the feature film directorial debut of Matt Spicer.

Sundance marks a coming out party of sorts for Neon, the recently christened indie venture from former Radius-TWC chief Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. The company is also using the festival to screen “Colossal,” a monster comedy with Anne Hathaway that it picked up out of the Toronto Film Festival.

The second snow storm in as many days is blanketing Sundance, but despite the chill, the acquisitions market at the festival is heating up. On Saturday, Variety broke the news that Amazon had landed the comedy “The Big Sick” in a blockbuster $12 million pact, and earlier Sunday, Sony Pictures Classics picked up rights to “Novitiate,” a religious drama.

CAA negotiated the deal for “Ingrid Goes West.” Star Thrower Entertainment and 141 Entertainment financed and produced the film. The producers include Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, 141 Entertainment’s Adam and Robert Mirels, and Aubrey Plaza. Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum executive produced the picture.

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ goes to 2017 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has just unveiled the competition and lineup for its 33rd edition, which will take place at the beginning of next year. Surprisingly, Aubrey’s ‘Ingrid Goes West’, also starring Elizabeth Olsen, will be part of the festival. Along with the announcement, the first production still has been revealed – now available in our gallery.

Variety – The festival’s U.S. dramatic competition comprises 16 films, eight of them debut features, including Matt Spicer’s social-media stalker comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” in which Aubrey Plaza’s character is obsessed with the aforementioned Olsen; the music-driven story of a plus-size white rapper, “Patti Cake$,” written and directed by Geremy Jasper (a member of Court 13, the creative team responsible for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”); and “To the Bone,” an intimate look at anorexia, from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” producer Marti Noxon.

“Ingrid Goes West” (Director: Matt Spicer, Screenwriters: Spicer, David Branson Smith) — A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram lifestyle blogger and moves to Los Angeles to try to befriend her in real life. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen.