The Festival Circuit

Sundance Film Festival has just presented the world premiere of a BFF fiscal sponsored film, The Tale, as part of its US Dramatic Competition. Directed by Jennifer Fox (My Reincarnation), the film features Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Common, and Jason Ritter, and is based on Fox’s memoir of a teenage affair with a riding instructor.

The Sundance program says, “Seamlessly toggling between past and present, writer/director Jennifer Fox forges a fresh and uncompromising cinematic language to penetrate the heightened internal worlds of her character at two pivotal stages. Shocking, emotionally raw, and destabilizing, this investigative thriller punctures the insidious workings of unchecked power and lays bare the mechanisms of memory—refashioned over time by a growing girl in order to not only ​survive, but to prevail.” Variety‘s review says in part, ‘[The Tale is] a landmark advance in the field of cinematic memoir, Jennifer Fox’s years-in-the-making #MeToo movie could hardly have arrived at a better time.”

The Tale is a Gamechanger Films, A Luminous Mind, Untitled Entertainment, Blackbird, One Two Films, Fork Films production, in co-production with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte. HBO Films has purchased North American and overseas rights, and will premiere the film on its cable network. An outreach program for victims of sexual abuse is planned.