Live Virtual Watch Party: “Wild Nights with Emily” Screening + Q&A

Join us for a virtual screening of Wild Nights with Emily and a Q&A with director Madeleine Olnek

Wild Nights with Emily is a dramatic comedy about the life of Emily Dickinson, starring Molly Shannon. Appropriate viewing for middle school students on up through senior citizens, the film includes Dickinson’s poems on screen.

Wild Nights With Emily is the story of Emily Dickinson’s life-long romantic relationship with Susan Gilbert, Emily’s life as a writer, and the comic soap opera that was 1880’s Amherst. This story is an important piece of feminist history, as well as a great way to observe LGBTQ Pride that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Run of Show:
Join us for a fun WATCH PARTY with Director Madeleine Olnek and NYWIFT Board Member Annetta Marion Tuesday, June 30th at 4 PM. You’ll receive a Zoom link that morning and login at 4pm. 

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Annetta Marion.


Madeleine Olnek is a New York City-based playwright and filmmaker. Her third feature, Wild Nights with Emily (2019) is a dramatic comedy about Emily Dickinson starring Molly Shannon, and premiered at SXSW. It was nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, and was awarded the Guggenheim. Olnek also directed the Sundance comedies The Foxy Merkins (2013) and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011). She recently produced In Conclusion, a series of zoom stand-up comedy shows with Jackie Monahan, that raised money for PPE for NYC hospitals during the pandemic.


Annetta Marion is an award-winning director and Primetime Emmy-nominated showrunner who for the last decade has dedicated her life to the craft of making premium television and cultivating a taste for stories that both entertain and inspire. She has created roughly 70 hours of premium television over the past decade. Her work spans high-end branded content, scripted comedy and drama, true crime series for Investigation Discovery, multi-cam episodes for NBC, and docs-series / specials for OWN, MTV, Netflix and NASA; working with talent like Oprah, Amy Poehler, Nicki Minaj, and Dwayne Johnson to aspiring actors to “real people.”


Register Now

June 30 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.