'Limetown' on Facebook Watch Directed by Alumna Rebecca Thomas '13
BY Gina Hackett, February 13, 2020
Still from Limetown, image courtesy of TV Insider
Facebook Watch’s new series Limetown, directed by alumna Rebecca Thomas '13, premiered late last year to rave reviews.
Adapted from Zack Akers & Skip Bronkie’s narrative podcast by the same name, Limetown tells the fictional story of journalist Lia Haddock (played by Jessica Biel, who also executive produced the series), who embarks on an investigation to uncover what happened to hundreds of scientists who’ve gone missing from a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
“‘Limetown’ is about as meta on the persistent true crime phenomenon as it gets,” wrote Variety. “The podcast within a podcast has become a podcast within a TV show based on a podcast—a dizzying trajectory, but one that nonetheless appears to suit ‘Limetown’ well.”
The first two episodes of Limetown premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last September.
“Its characters waver on a thin edge, like a record needle straying off the track,” writes Variety. “By the time a mysterious new witness (Kelly Jenrette) shifts the show into a higher gear by making her presence known, ‘Limetown’ is so taut with tension that I both craved and dreaded its inevitable snap.”
Since graduating from Columbia in 2013, Thomas has made quite a name for herself as a writer & director. In 2017, she directed an episode of the wildly popular Netflix franchise Stranger Things, turning heads by adding her own unique voice to the series.
Case in point, Thomas is in early talks to direct Universal and Working Title’s new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, which is currently set to star Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Clouds of Sils Maria).
Prior to this, her debut feature film Electrik Children, starring Julia Garner (The Americans, The Assistant), premiered at Berlin Film Festival in 2012 to rave reviews, cementing its role as an indie hidden gem.
Limetown is available to stream on Facebook Watch.