Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl” shocked the Sundance Film Festival last month with its extreme coming-of-age storyline, and now the well-reviewed drama has been picked up by Netflix. The company has acquired worldwide streaming rights to the film, which stars Morgan Saylor, Brian “Sene” Marc, Justin Bartha, Chris Noth, India Menuez and Adrian Martinez. No theatrical distributor has been announced yet.
The official Sundance synopsis: “Equipped with platinum blonde hair and a winning smile, college girl Leah (Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. She has two weeks before fall semester, and in between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, she finds time to hit it off with a handsome, young Puerto Rican drug dealer named Blue. Within days, the two are selling dime bags to her affluent white colleagues, collecting fast cash, and living the high life. But their euphoria comes to a grinding halt once Blue is arrested and Leah’s left with a hefty amount of his coke. Does she sell it to save him or use it herself?”
“White Girl” counts Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon as one of its executive producers, along with Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman and David Hinojosa. The movie joins other Netflix pickups from Sundance like Paul Rudd’s “The Fundamentals of Caring” and the Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow.”
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of the deal out of the European Film Market in Berlin.