BENT – Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival

BENT – Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival

Wild Nights with Emily

Centerpiece Narrative Film


Director: Madeleine Olnek
2018 | USA | 84 min
Saturday, October 13; 3:45pm


Molly Shannon slyly shines as Emily Dickinson in the humorous drama Wild Nights with Emily. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother’s mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily’s poems. Ingeniously subversive and a bit surreal, this seriously Independent film is a crowd-pleasing treat from acclaimed director Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins; Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same).


SXSW’s Wild Nights With Emily Premiere w/Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon, Cast & Director, Madeleine Olnek interviewed

Extended 15 minutes Interview

SXSW Live Interview with Director & Cast of "Wild Nights With Emily"

Join us as we explore the wild side of Emily Dickinson with Director Madeleine Olnek and actresses Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, and Molly Shannon of the new film, "Wild Nights with Emily"

Posted by SXSW on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Variety Review March 2018

SXSW Film Review: ‘Wild Nights With Emily’