‘Carrie Pilby’ movie, based on local author’s novel, will screen in Philadelphia on Sat, then premiere in theaters and on demand


HOBOKEN — “Carrie Pilby,” a movie based on the offbeat first novel by Hoboken-based author Caren Lissner, is set to open the weekend of March 31-April 1 in theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Bethesda, Md., and Chicago — then be available on demand, Amazon, and iTunes. Here is the link to all the ways to see it.
Before that, the movie will also screen at a film festival in Philadelphia this Saturday, March 18, including a Q&A with the director, producers, and Lissner at the end. It will also screen next week as part of a charity fundraiser for the needy in Clearwater, Fla. on March 20.
The film stars Nathan Lane, Bel Powley, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Jason Ritter, Colin O’Donoughue, and several other big names. It’s directed by Susan Johnson.
Powley, a British actress who won raves last year in independent film “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” plays young genius Carrie, who graduated from Harvard three years early and now finds herself alone in New York City at 19 years old. The film follows her awkward dates and faux pas as she tries to make sense of the world as it relates to sex, morality, and relationships.
In the beginning of the film, she has a know-it-all attitude and frustration with the “hypocrites” around her in the adult world, but gradually softens as she meets with her psychiatrist, played by Nathan Lane.
The U.S. trailer premiered on Apple iTunes last week and can be viewed by clicking the link here.
Tickets for the March 31-April 1 theatrical premiere in New York and elsewhere will be available toward the end of the month via Moviefone and other standard outlets. Tickets for the Philadelphia screening this weekend are available at this link, with discounts for students.
Lissner, who is also editor of the Reporter newspapers, is currently finishing up her next teen novel.
Watch for a related story in a future edition of the Reporter.