Film Club: My Name Is Emily

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Join us for Film Club, a weekly new series dedicated to the best in foreign films, art house titles and independently-made movies. Every Wednesday, we'll screen a title for $5 and feature a post-screening discussion.


Filmmaking is difficult in any situation. But when you're confined to a wheelchair, connected to tubes, and only have your eyes to communicate, it makes it a bit more of a challenge. Simon Fitzmaurice wrote and directed his first feature, MY NAME IS EMILY after being diagnosed with ALS through the movement of his eyes using state of the art iris recognition software. The film isthe sweet and visually stunning coming-of-age story of a young woman who runs away on a road trip to break her father out of a psychiatric institution. Newcomer George Webster and veteran character actor Michael Smiley (The Lobster, The World's End) round out the talented cast.

Emily has been living in a foster home ever since her father was institutionalized after her mother's death. Still, she keeps in touch with him through the birthday cards he sends her every year. As Emily starts at a new school, she catches the attention of her shy classmate Arden. When her father doesn't send a birthday card on her 16th birthday, Emily decides to take matters into her own hands. Enlisting Arden's help, she runs away, and the pair set out on a road trip to break her father out of the psych ward. As their journey progresses, Emily and Arden must depend on each other as they learn about life, love, loss, and letting go.
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