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The Mad Whale

The Lot | 1h 47m 0s

Date: Saturday, April 28, Time: 5:30 pm to 7:20 pm

The Mad Whale

During the late 1800s, it was hard to tell who was more insane, the patients or their doctors. With experimental treatments constantly on the horizon, often what was best for the patient was left to the doctor’s imagination. Upon arriving at a women’s asylum, Dr. Benjamin Calhoun aches to perform a study. He wants to cast his patients in a production of Moby Dick. He already sees star potential in one of his patients, but when he discovers a great actress is also a patient at his asylum, his dreams of grandeur begin to erode his sanity, leaving his star performers no choice but to escape. The film was a collaboration with the USC School of the Cinematic Arts.


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DIRECTOR: Sonia A. Guggenheim, David Breschel, Jenna Cavelle, Luke Haskard, Ariel Heller, Adam Linzey, Matt McClung, Andrew Wood, Uttera Singh
PRODUCERS: James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Jennifer Howell, Natasha Barritt, Nick Gross, Austin Kolodney, Brandon Somerhalder, Suzie Philippot
SCREENWRITER: Michael Herman, Colleen O'Halloran, Paul Rufus Jones, Max Newman, Megan Seely, Ryan Koehn, Kelly Austin Davis, Sara Silkin, Nikolaj Wejp-Olsen
EDITOR: Takashi Uchida
MUSIC: Layla Minoui
PREMIERE: Southern California Premiere
VENUE: The Lot

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