May 17th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY Opening at the Cinema Art Theater
Starting on May 17, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present the biographical comedy “Wild Nights with Emily,” a humorous yet bold reappraisal of poet Emily Dickinson played by beloved comic Molly Shannon. This is the third feature film for Director Madeleine Olnek who is a New York City based playwright. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for this film.
Emily Dickinson's persona, popularized since her death, has been that of a reclusive spinster - a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. Molly Shannon captures the vivacious, irreverent side of Emily Dickinson that was covered up for years - most notably Emily's lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law (Susan Ziegler). After Emily's death, a rivalry emerges when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems. Unique and surreal, “Wild Nights with Emily” sheds new light on the life one of our most celebrated poets. [2018, US, 84 minutes, Rated: NR].
Cate Marquis of “We Are the Movie Geeks” describes the film as “a surprising, engaging romp with the delightful Molly Shannon, with informative insights on the life of the beloved poet.” Hope Madden of “Columbus Underground,” claims “ ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ offers a refreshing and awfully entertaining new way of seeing an American treasure.”
Screening times are 7 pm on Friday (May 17), 4:30 pm on Saturday (May 18), 7 pm on Wednesday (May 22), 4 pm on Thursday (May 23). Admission is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.
The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education, cultural enrichment, and opportunities for engagement for our diverse communities and audiences. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (October 31 – November 10, 2019). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com or call 302-645-9095.