I Smile Back


Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 9, 2015 7:00 PM
Spotlight on Sarah Silverman
Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 8:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Spotlights & Tributes
Running Time:85 min
Director:Adam Salky
Producer:Brian Koppelman
David Levien
Mike Harrop
Screenwriter:Amy Koppelman
Paige Dylan
Cinematographer:Eric Lin
Editor:Tamara Meem
Cast:Sarah Silverman
Josh Charles
Thomas Sadoski
Mia Barron
Terry Kinney
Chris Sarandon
Print Source:Broad Green Pictures



Sarah Silverman makes a groundbreaking departure from her comedic roots with this astonishing portrait of a troubled woman desperately looking for a path to redemption. Laney seems to have it all: two children she adores, a loving and doting husband, an immaculate house with an SUV in the driveway. But under the veneer of the perfect life in suburbia lies the painful struggle of a New Jersey housewife suffering from manic depression and sex and drug addictions, whose unbridled compulsive behaviorreckless use of alcohol and amphetamines, and illicit sexual encounters with a close family friendis on the verge of throwing her life into complete disarray. Screenwriter Amy Koppelman adapts her own novel in collaboration with Paige Dylan, and transforms her story of a woman unraveling into a showcase for Silverman. The actress is a revelation, delivering a courageous, bare-all performance in this dazzling, sometimes harrowing drama.

The Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Sarah Silverman, a screening of I Smile Back, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Pizza Antica in Mill Valley.

Additional Information

Adam Salky made his feature film directorial debut with Dare, a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Pursuing a deep interest in new media content creation, Adam has directed viral videos with over four million hits on YouTube, and recently directed Uncabaret, an unscripted pilot produced for Amazon. Salky served as an advisor at the Sundance Labs and is an adjunct professor of directing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. A magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, he completed his MFA at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts Film Division, where he directed several award-winning short films and won three prestigious prizes, including the James Bridges Award. Salky currently lives in Los Angeles. I Smile Back is his second feature directorial effort.