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CLara's Ghost

Dir. Bridey Elliott, 2018

Ted Reynolds, an aging comedian, copes with his fading fame by living a quiet life away from the spotlight with his wife Clara in rural New England. When they invite their two daughters —a pair of former child stars—home to celebrate the family dog's birthday, the vodka-loving clan devolves into a drunken mess. While Ted and his daughters rehash old wounds, Clara finds herself face to face with a supernatural spirit that only she can see.

Clara’s Ghost is written and directed by Bridey Elliott who also stars in the film. Bridey, imitates life through art, blending a voyeuristic look into the cattiness of a family steeped in show business with the unsettling elements of a traditional, fictional ghost story. Bridey casts herself; her father Chris Elliott; her mother Paula Elliott; and her sister Abby Elliott (Julie) to riff on their own identities as a multigenerational family of performers. 


PRESS

"Clara’s Ghost is brilliant in the way it negotiates the hysterical and the quite tragic, the claustrophobic and the warm." -The Playlist

"the film is a work of great daring." -Vanity Fair

"a tender portrait of a neglected woman seeking solace in her vivid, perhaps deranged, imagination." -The Hollywood Reporter

"I laughed quite a bit..." -Filmmaker Magazine

"Bridey Elliott can expectedly churn out clever bon mots, but she also can effortlessly switch from funny to creepy." -Film Threat

"Whether she's watching a dog video on her phone, searching for a missing shoe, or leaving a heartbreakingly sweet voicemail for a wine company, Clara is a star, the type of complex woman Hollywood too often ignores." -Thrillist

"all the Elliotts bring their A-games to the film." -The Baltimore Sun


SCREENINGS

June 24 & 25, 2018: CINEPOCALYPSE, Chicago
June 21, 2018: BAM CINEMAFEST, Brooklyn
June 13, 2018: HOMEBREWED at the Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO
June 6-10, 2018: LVFF, Las Vegas
May 4 & 5, 2018: MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL
Apr. 19 & 20, 2018: SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
Apr. 16, 2018: ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
April 6 & 7, 2018: WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL (w/Let's Scare Jessica to Death!)
March 24, 2018: TREEFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL, FILMFORT
Jan. 19, 2018: SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL