Carrie Pilby (film)
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|Directed by||Susan Johnson|
by Caren Lissner
|Music by||Michael Penn|
|Edited by||Phillip J. Bartell|
|Distributed by||The Orchard|
Carrie Pilby is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Johnson and written by Kara Holden and Dean Craig, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Caren Lissner. The film stars Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Ritter, William Moseley, Vanessa Bayer, and Colin O'Donoghue. Principal photography began on December 14, 2015, in New York City.
It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was given a limited release on March 31, 2017, before being released through video on demand on April 4, 2017, by The Orchard. It debuted on Netflix on September 5, 2017.
Carrie Pilby is a 19-year-old child prodigy living alone in New York City. After attending Harvard University, she has spent the following years depressed, locked in her apartment and visiting Dr. Petrov, a therapist and a close friend of her absent father. Dr. Petrov decides to write Carrie a bucket list with chores in order for her to live a more normal life. The list includes making friends, getting a job, have a pet to take care of and go on dates. As Carrie starts to fulfill the tasks, her views on sex, romance and the world begin to change her judgement on relationships and humanity.
- Bel Powley as Carrie Pilby
- Nathan Lane as Dr. Petrov
- Gabriel Byrne as Mr. Pilby
- Jason Ritter as Matt
- William Moseley as Cy
- Vanessa Bayer as Tara
- Colin O'Donoghue as Professor Harrison
- Desmin Borges as Douglas
- Poorna Jagannathan as Fliss
- Mahaley Patel as Amanda
- Zachary Infante as Davy
- Joel Michaely as George
- Cornelia Guest as Mrs. Rubin
- Justin Dean as Dex
- Bryan Winston as Bartender
- Coral Peña as Hostess
- Ayse Kirca as Waitress
- Christina Concetta as Cooking Woman
- Frank Huerta as Cute Guy
On June 17, 2013, it was announced that Braveart Films' producer Susan Johnson would make her directorial debut with the adaptation of the coming-of-age novel Carrie Pilby written by Caren Lissner, and the film would be produced by Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis of Storefront Pictures. Hailee Steinfeld was previously attached to play the titular role in the film, whose script was written by Kara Holden and Dean Craig. Steinfeld dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Bel Powley. Articles about the film noted its largely female production team, female head writer and female director.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016. In November 2016, The Orchard acquired US distribution rights to the film. The film was given limited release on March 31, 2017, in six theaters, and then became available through video on demand on April 4, 2017. The film was the most-watched iTunes film in the independent films category for the first three weeks of its release, then held third place during the fourth week.
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