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SISTER CARRIE is an epic love story with a dark twist that takes place in Chicago, Montréal, and Paris in 1919. The film is written and directed by Daniel Nearing, the inaugural Filmmaker in Residence for the City of Chicago, and introduces Eve Rydberg as Carrie and world-renowned ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels as Armand Duval.
SISTER CARRIE is English in its American sequences and French in its sequences set in Québec and France. The feature adaptation is a hybrid narrative drawn from multiple literary sources, including three proto-feminist novels. It takes its name from Theodore Dreiser’s landmark Chicago novel (1900), but draws also from Alexandre Dumas’ (Fils) “La Dame aux Camélias,” Abbé Prévost’s “Manon Lescaut,” and Sherwood Anderson’s “Brothers.”
SISTER CARRIE is from the makers of the multilingual, multiracial HOGTOWN , called "the most original film made in Chicago about Chicago to date" by the Chicago Sun-Times and named one of the 10 Best Films of 2016 by Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times, and of CHICAGO HEIGHTS , named by Roger Ebert to his last list of Best Art Films.
Sister Carrie traverses three centuries of romantic literature only to fall on the sword of the identity politics of the 21st. The film is both a celebration and an unflinching indictment of the male gaze.
In production (2018) with the support of the The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, The Puffin Foundation, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council.
LOVE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE
OF HOW LITTLE REALITY MEANS TO US.
– Marcel Proust
Producer: Philip Larkin
Executive Producer: Robert Gecht
Angela J. Latham
Angela J. Latham
Editor: Philip Larkin
Cinematography: Nathaniel Walker
Gaffer and Crew Chief: Donald Winter
Additional Cinematography: Jason Knade
Communication & Marketing: Lisa Klein
Effects Editor: Kat Quintian
Carrie - Eve Rydberg
Lola - Sarah Weis
Uriah - Seth McClellan
Minnie - Lindsay Ashcroft
The Foreman's Wife - Roshaunda Ross-Orta
Research: John J. Nearing
Grip: Sarah Mancel
The Music Box Theatre
The Chicago Cultural Center
The Illinois Railway Museum
Old Jail / Sheriff’s House, Crown Point, IN
The Chicago Film Office
Governors State University DPS
The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
The MacDowell Colony
The Puffin Foundation
The Art Institute of Chicago
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Shot on Location in:
Auvers-sur-Oise and Petit-Jean, France
Crown Point, Indiana
Sparta and Delphi, Greece
“She was a prism through which sorrow
could be divided into its infinite spectrum.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer,
Everything Is Illuminated