In EMELIE, director Michael Thelin and writer Richard Raymond Harry Herbeck have taken an everyday experience – a couple handing their kids off to a babysitter – and created an original, nail-biting thriller. The Thompsons, a loving family living in a peaceful suburb of Buffalo, New York, are the definition of wholesome American normalcy. When their regular babysitter can’t make it, Dan and Joyce turn to her friend Anna to watch their three children while they go out to celebrate their anniversary. At first, the young woman seems like a dream come true for the kids, as she allows them to play with things that are usually off-limits. But, as her behavior becomes increasingly odd, the frightened kids realize her intentions are dark and twisted – and that she may not even be Anna at all.
MPI’s Greg Newman said of EMELIE, “With his first narrative feature, Michael Thelin proves to be a consummate craftsman, delivering a mature and thoroughly chilling and disturbing thriller that will stay with viewers long after it’s over.”
EMELIE was produced by Uncorked Productions’ Andrew D. Corkin, producer of the acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene and We Are What We Are. Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little of Sandbar Pictures & Abandon Features financed and executive produced EMELIE. This is their third film collaboration; their most recent film, The Stanford Prison Experiment, won The Alfred P. Sloan screenwriting award at Sundance. Robert Beaumont, Roxanne Fie Anderson, and Elizabeth Jane Stillwell are also executive producers. The cast includes Sarah Bolger (The Moth Diaries, The Spiderwick Chronicles), Chris Beetem (Black Hawk Down, “Inside Amy Schumer”), Susan Pourfar (Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, TV’s “Elementary”), and, as the Thompson children, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, and Thomas Bair.