Before the film adaptation of Nellie Bly’s 10 Days In A Madhouse hit the movie theaters last fall, the film had the opportunity show at several screenings, benefits, and festivals. On Nellie Bly’s 151st birthday, 10 Days In A Madhouse was the opening film for Geena Davis’ inaugural Bentonville Film Festival celebrating women and diversity. With a cast of over 90% women, this was the perfect place to debut Timothy Hines’ feminist film.
In May, key cast members and Hines took the film to France, where they showed at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Industry professionals praised the film for its emotional intensity and strong acting performances by lead actors Caroline Barry and Christopher Lambert.
Hines shared in an interview that at the end of these special Q&A screening, there is “always a portion of the audience is in tears. I have witnessed several different groups of people having very real, raw emotional responses. Fans have approached me to shake my hand and thank me for making this movie, so it’s been a great experience to see that level of personal support.”
Above: Audience members ask personal questions at an aftershow Q&A of 10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE screening in New York City.
Most recently, Hines and cast members including Caroline Barry, Alexandra Callas, Saskia Larsen, Jessa Campbell, Talya Mar, Rachel Bohanon, Kaitlin O’Toole, Katie Singleton and line producer Jessica Burgoyne, were part of a Question and Answer session with audience members at New York City’s AMC Empire 25, where the movie had previously premiered. Hines and Caroline Barry said they were both taken aback by how deep the questions ran.
“Several audience members stood up to talk about how they, or their family members, have experienced abuse in these types of institutions. Some people shared very intimate details, and it was an honor to be able to connect so heavily with strangers in that moment. We were shocked, honestly, but we walked away happy knowing that this movie was able to impact so manner different people in a positive way.”
10 Days In A Madhouse is now playing in select theaters, and continuing to open in more cities across the nation. The film and Caroline Barry are expected to be nominated for the 89th Academy Awards.
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