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SCREEN FORWARD: The Foxy Merkins

IFP is proud to present the Sundance comedy and Independent Spirit Award nominee “The Foxy Merkins.” The makers of the cult hit “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” bring you this lesbian hooker buddy comedy, an homage to and riff on iconic male hustler films.

Written by Madeleine Olnek, Jackie Monahan & Lisa Haas
Produced by Laura Terruso & Madeleine Olnek
Directed by Madeleine Olnek

Margaret is a down-on-her-luck lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured — and straight — grifter from a wealthy family who’s an expert on picking up women. The duo hit the streets where they encounter bargain-hunting housewives and double-dealing conservative women, all the while trying to reconcile their differing feelings towards each other. Writer/director Madeleine Olnek melds her singular brand of comedy with the buddy-film genre. Armed with a talented cast, The Foxy Merkins takes us on an unflinchingly outrageous urban adventure that is simultaneously uproarious, subversive, and poignant.

“The Foxy Merkins [is] a comic buddy film about a lesbian who hopes to make a living as a hooker and the self-confident straight woman she meets who is better at picking up women than she is.”The New York Times Holiday Movie Guide

“Odd, poignant, both profane and strangely innocent, and above all, shockingly funny… a comic bonanza of mind games, sexual stereotypes and unexpected love.”The Huffington Post

“Delightful”Screen International

“The Foxy Merkins is reminder of how much fun Sundance movies can be. This is the festival that brought us The Beasts of The Southern Wild, but it’s also the one that brought us Clerks… It’s ridiculous, absurd and outrageous without ever being vulgar. Every scene is genuinely funny… remember the name The Foxy Merkins”Crave Online

SHOWTIMES:

• Friday, December 5 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Opening acts: Performance Artist Joseph Keckler (declared “The Best Downtown Performance Artist” by The Village Voice) & The Foxy Merkins composer, classical violinist Dan Bartfield

Q&A following The Foxy Merkins screening with Dan Bartfield, The Foxy Merkins Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso, DP Anna Stypko, Co-star Lisa Haas and more!

*Followed by THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT SUPERFINE!**
Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres! (Your ticket gets you in)

• Saturday, December 6 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Opening act: Performance Artist (& The Foxy Merkins scene stealer and dramaturg) Deb Margolin, declared “A Sparkling Downtown Wit” by The New York Times.

A discussion on writing comedy following The Foxy Merkins screening with Deb Margolin, Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso, Co-star Lisa Haas and more!

• Saturday, December 6 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Special Guest, Filmmaker Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho) moderates the post screening Q&A with director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & co-star Lisa Haas and more!

• Saturday, December 6 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Opening Act: Comedian Jackie Monahan, The Foxy Merkins co-star and co-writer

Q&A after the The Foxy Merkins screening with Jackie Monahan, Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso, co-star Lisa Haas, and more!

Join us for a drink and a round of pool at Superfine following the screening!

• Sunday, December 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Opening Act: Michael R. Jackson (aka The Living Michael Jackson) musical theater writer, playwright, and trash talker.

Q&A after The Foxy Merkins screening with co-stars Jackie Monahan & Lisa Haas, Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso, and more!

• Sunday, December 7 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Opening Act: Performance Artist Lucy Sexton

Q&A after the screening with Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & Co-stars Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan and more!

• Monday, December 8 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Opening Act: TBA

Q&A after the screening with The Foxy Merkins Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & Co-star Lisa Haas!

• Tuesday, December 9 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Opening act: Performance Artist Erin Markey

Q&A after the screening with The Foxy Merkins Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & Co-star Lisa Haas!

• Wednesday, December 10 from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM

Opening act: Helen Eisenbach reads from her opus “Lesbianism Made Easy,” in advance of its online release, with Sally Sockwell and John Weir!

Q&A after the screening with The Foxy Merkins Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & Co-star Lisa Haas!

• Thursday, December 11 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Opening act: TBA

Q&A after the screening with The Foxy Merkins Director Madeleine Olnek, Producer Laura Terruso & Co-star Lisa Haas!

**Following The Screening, CLOSING NIGHT PARTY AT SUPERFINE!**

Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres! Your ticket gets you in

The Foxy Merkins run is co-presented by Superfine, winner of the Village Voice’s 2014 award for “Best Restaurant in Dumbo”

(All Tickets Must Be Purchased Online*)

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Madeleine Olnek is a writer and director who honed her skills in downtown New York City venues with over 20 produced plays–all comedies. Her titles included “The Destiny of Mimi,” “Lenore, the Human Roach Motel,” “Disaster Area Nurse,” “The I’m Not Welcome Anywhere Christmas Special,” “The Jewish Nun, “ “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same,” and “You Call For The Fireman And The Arsonist Comes.” She is one of the authors of A Practical Handbook for the Actor (with a foreword by David Mamet), a widely-used acting textbook, which articulates a truthful approach to performance. At the time she was writing and directing plays, comedies that took lesbian presence as a given were unusual, thus frequently consigning Madeleine’s work to performance spaces under difficult conditions. She experienced her last straw when she had to feed the cat of a performance space owner an 1/8 of a can of cat food every 2 and 1/2 hours while staying off the phone between 5 – 8:30 pm and sleeping under mosquito netting while housesitting in exchange for tech-time. Eventually drawn to the independent film scene for its more cutting edge approach, she went to study filmmaking at Columbia University, where she was awarded the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship and the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director.

Her short film comedies include “Hold Up,” and “Countertransference,” which were both at Sundance. “Countertransference” won jury prizes at Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Outfest (LA) and Newfest (NYC); and was the recipient of the “LA Women in Film” grant.

Her first feature, “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” (Sundance 2011) was called “hilarious” by The Hollywood Reporter and nominated for a Gotham Award. She was recently awarded a New York State Council For The Arts grant for her upcoming film project. “The Foxy Merkins,” premiered at Sundance’s first festival in LA, “NEXT WEEKEND;” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (“Someone To Watch”) and went on to be an official selection of Sundance 2014.

ABOUT SCREEN FORWARD

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the first five projects to get weeklong theatrical runs at the state of the art Made In NY Media Center’s theater as part of the Screen Forward program. The program gives filmmakers in the process of self-distribution or micro-distribution the unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run, with IFP working with each filmmaking team on comprehensive audience engagement and grassroots outreach strategies, publicity support, coverage in Filmmaker Magazine, and a revenue split to all participating filmmakers.

For press inquiries, please contact Jody Arlington at jarlington@ifp.org.