Elizabeth Wood Sells First Feature to Netflix, FilmRise

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25-Apr-16
 
Elizabeth Wood ’13 has sold her first feature film, White Girl, to Netflix and FilmRise shortly after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

White Girl follows college student Leah (Morgan Saylor) as she falls for drug dealer named Blue. After Blue is arrested, Leah goes on a mission to get him out of jail that finds her selling the rest of Blue’s stash and engaging with an ethically dubious lawyer. Wood’s screenplay, written during her time at Columbia, is based in part on her own experiences, as is her next film, Spiritual Crisis, which is currently in development.

The film earned a great deal of buzz and critical accolades at Sundance, after which Netflix acquired the worldwide SVOD rights to the film; FilmRise purchased the theatrical release in April. At Sundance, The Guardian praised the film in a rave review for its “Terrific performances and a topical plot,” and The Hollywood Reporter wrote that it “augurs the arrival of a powerful, audacious new directorial talent.” Variety recently named Wood as one of the “10 Directors to Watch.”

To read more about White Girl and some of it’s critical praise click here.
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