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Spotlight on Sarah Silverman at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival

Spotlight on Sarah Silverman at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival

The California Film Institute will present a Spotlight on Sarah Silverman at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. The evening will feature a
screening of her latest film “I Smile Back,” which premiere at Sundance back in January, and will be followed by a live on-stage conversation and presentation of the MVFF Award.

Sarah Silverman is a two-time Emmy winner actress whose repertoire includes everything from film and television, stand-up
comedy, to iconic online videos She became an author when she released a book in 2010, the New York Times Bestseller, The Bedwetter: Stories
of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
. Silverman debuted an hour-long stand-up special, “We are Miracles,” on HBO in 2013. She was awarded a 2014 Primetime Emmy
in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special category. The special was also nominated for Outstanding Variety Special, and Silverman recently received
a WGA nomination as well. An album of the special was recently released through Sub Pop Records, which earned her a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Comedy

Silverman’s latest feature,  “I Smile Back,” is a film adaption of a novel by Amy Koppelman in which she plays the lead role. She also has wrapped production on Ashby opposite Mickey Rourke and Emma Roberts and recently had a recurring role on season 2
of the Golden Globe nominated series “Masters of Sex.”
Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended New York University. In 1993 she joined “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and feature performer and has not
stopped working since.

“I Smile Back” Synopsis: 

Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for
carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and
disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger
will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.

At the core of I Smile Back’s power is an indelible performance. Sarah Silverman reinvents herself as a
dramatic actress in the career-defining, intensely layered, and heartbreaking role of Laney. Deftly directed 
by Adam Salky (Dare, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), “I Smile Back” is at times darkly humorous but also
harrowing and unflinching as an authentic, humanizing portrait that offers no easy resolution for a
damaged woman struggling to come to terms with herself.

“I Smile Back” will be release in theaters by Broad Green Pictures on October 23.

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