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Jul 192017
Award-Winning Filmmaker Molly Gandour’s Haunting
Biographical Family Story


Debuting on Digital HD & VOD – JULY 25, 2017

Random Media and Knoll Crest proudly announce the Digital HD and VOD debut of PEANUT GALLERY, a haunting, coming-of-age documentary about one family’s long journey to find peace and understanding, in the wake of a child’s death.   The unique film follows filmmaker Molly Gandour (Producer of the Oscar®-nominated documentary “Gasland”), who, in her mid-20s, returns to live in her parents’ idealistic Midwest childhood home for six weeks — to join them in exploring in-depth for the first time, her childhood and the years leading up to her sister Aimee’s death from cancer 16 years earlier.  Using home movies, photos and a narrative woven from hundreds of conversations and counseling sessions, the film paints a deeply observed portrait of a family unearthing a long ago loss.  Unflinching and poignant, PEANUT GALLERY is a story about family — showing us how we can transform when we begin to fill the silences between those closest to us.

The film is proudly fiscally sponsored by The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). IFP champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution.  www.ifp.org.

“Haunting. . .  Reminds Us How Intimate and
Immersive Films Can Be…
– NUVO Magazine

PEANUT GALLERY was recognized at multiple film festivals including winning the ‘Golden Palm’ at the 2016 Mexico International Film Festival.  The film was recognized as an Official Selection at Slamdance (2016), the Indianapolis International Film Festival (2015), Madrid International Film Festival (2015) and the 2015 New Filmmakers Festival.

Official Synopsis
Molly Gandour, producer of Oscar®-nominated “Gasland,” embarks on a mission to her family home, where her parents have agreed to participate, for the first time, in counseling over the death of her sister decades earlier.  The family dinner table becomes a catalyst for raw examination of each other and their relationships.  Molly finds humor and tenderness in all the imperfect ways we try to communicate with our family.  She captures a personal catharsis that provokes viewers to break their own silences.  An intimate, enthralling look at sibling relationships, grief and love.  

PEANUT GALLERY is a documentary featuring Molly Gandour and her family, including Jackson Gandour, Mary Jane Gandour and footage and photos of Aimee Gandour and others.  The film was written and directed by Molly Gandour.  It was produced by Molly Gandour and Frances Harlow.  A Knoll Crest production, it is distributed by Random Media.   PEANUT GALLERY has a running time of 93 minutes and is not rated.

About The Writer/Director
Molly Gandour is filmmaker whose credits include producing the Academy Award
®-nominated, Emmy-winning, HBO documentary “Gasland.”  Gandour has also served as an editor for the PBS NewsHour and at OWN, also served as an associate producer for HBO Docs, WNET and Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love, Sundance 2013).

About The Independent Filmmaker Project
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin.

IFP guides storytellers through the process of making and distributing their work. It offers creative, technological and business support through year-round programming, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, Independent Film Week, Envision, The Gotham Independent Film Awards, and the Independent Filmmaker Labs. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. Through its programming—which also includes seminars, conferences, and mentorships—IFP creates exciting opportunities for promising new voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological and sexual perspectives.

Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. More info at www.ifp.org.  

About Random Media:
Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks.  Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as Escape From Tomorrow, The Visit, Meth Head, Desert Cathedral and Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internet.



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