In Ingrid Goes West, which premiered at Sundance last week and sold in the $3 million range to new distributor Neon, Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid obsessively models herself after Elizabeth Olsen’s Instagram celebrity Taylor Sloane, then moves across the country to befriend her. It’s a hell of a logline, and the movie delivers on its rich potential for discomfort, telling the tale of a woman so immersed in social media that she’s abandoned any concept of herself. While the film avoids taking any sort of moral position on its very contemporary subject matter, walking the tightrope between comedy and thriller, it provides plenty of opportunity for viewers to question their own relationships with social media. Vulture asked Plaza and Olsen their thoughts when we sat down with them in Park City, Utah.
I feel like this is a very generational movie.
Elizabeth Olsen: Yeah, but also there are adults who are connected to this. And when I say adults, I mean, like, grandmas and stuff. I think it’s anyone who participates [in social media]. So many people want to put up videos of their grandchild succeeding at something to just basically brag about their stupid grandchild.
Aubrey Plaza: These grandmas are out of control.
EO: And say, “My kid is better than your kid.” It’s the same kind of comparison thing.
Facebook is the frontier of the grandparents.
AP: I feel like a lot of grandparents are on that one.
EO: But whatever, it’s social media, it’s the same idea.
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 whom 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, a social media star, out to Los Angeles, after becoming fixated on his seemingly perfect life.
In addition to Plaza, “Ingrid Goes West” stars Elizabeth Olsen, 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 $12 million pact, and earlier Sunday, Sony Pictures Classics picked up rights to “Novitiate,” a religious drama.”
CAA negotiated the deal for “Ingrid Goes West.”
The second day of Sundance Film Festival was once again, quite busy for Elizabeth. Not only she wrapped up Ingrid Goes West promotion at the festival but also began promoting Wind River, followed by its premiere last night. We’ve added photos to our gallery, and you can also watch videos bellow (and under the cut).
Aubrey Plaza, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Billy Magnussen, Matt Spicer, and Pom Klementieff of ‘Ingrid Goes West’ on its dark humor and social media glamour.
Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday and Elizabeth made her appearance at the festival to promote Ingrid Goes West, a comedy also starring Aubrey Plaza. We have added to the gallery photos from yesterday, and you can also watch some interviews bellow (and under the cut). What do we have for today? Elizabeth is set to promote Ingrid Goes West once more, and we also have the premiere of Wind River! Very busy day ahead!
Sundance Film Festival has announced their 2017 dramatic competition and world premieres and to our surprise, Elizabeth’s upcoming movie with Aubrey Plaza titled Ingrid Goes West is one of the lucky movies!
The festival’s U.S. dramatic competition comprises 16 films, eight of them debut features, including Matt Spicer’s social-media stalker comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” in which Aubrey Plaza’s character is obsessed with the aforementioned Olsen; the music-driven story of a plus-size white rapper, “Patti Cake$,” 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: Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith) — A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram lifestyle blogger and moves to Los Angeles to try and befriend her in real life. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen.
Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen will star in dark comedy Ingrid Goes West.
Directed by Matt Spicer from a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the film follows a young woman named Ingrid (Plaza) who becomes obsessed with a social media star named Taylor Sloane (Olsen) with a seemingly perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.
Plaza will produce the pic along with Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White and Adam and Robert Mirels through their newly formed 141 Entertainment banner. Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.
The film, which is Spicer’s feature directorial debut, is currently shooting in Los Angeles.