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The Orchard Acquires Bel Powley Movie ‘Carrie Pilby’

The Orchard has acquired North American rights to Carrie Pilby, the Susan Johnson-helmed comedy that stars Bel Powley and bowed at the Toronto Film Festival. The Orchard plans an early 2017 release. Radiant Films International is repping foreign rights this week at the American Film Market.

Based on Caren Lissner’s bestselling book and adapted by Kara Holden, Powley stars as a genius who graduated Harvard at 18. Convinced that the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, she has a hard time making sense of life as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist (Nathan Lane) makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers. Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, William Moseley and Jason Ritter star.

Suzanne Farwell, Johnson, Susan Cartsonis, Brent Emery and Lisa Wolofsky produced. The Orchard’s Danielle DiGiacomo negotiated with with ICM Partners and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.


These photos are for Dylan Williams. His favorite artist was Noel Sickles. Mine too. That’s why Dylan and I were tight. And why we fought. We would fight over the one copy of a book with Sickles illos in it at the bookstore. So I got a little emotional today at the Billy Ireland Library because I wish Dylan was around and we could fight over who got to hold these first. Photos by Caitlin McGurk. Thanks to Caitlin and also Susan Liberator who helms the wheel at the Library. Best day ever, maybe. XOXO FS