Flagstaff Premiere: Wild Nights With Emily


Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Premiere
Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:84 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Madeleine Olnek
Cast:Molly Shannon
Amy Seimetz
Susan Ziegler
Brett Gelman


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the award-winning new dramatic comedy “Wild Nights With Emily” on Wednesday, May 8 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman: her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Yes, this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse.

Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle.

A timely critique of how women's history is rewritten, “Wild Nights With Emily” remains vibrant, irreverent and tender — a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson's real life than anything seen before.

“Hilarious! Molly Shannon is brilliant. A surprisingly touching love story.” — IndieWire

“Molly Shannon breathes wickedly funny life into Emily Dickinson.” — Entertainment Weekly

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.