Feature Film Program

Wild Nights with Emily

Molly Shannon stars in this irreverent and hilarious SXSW dramatic comedy about Emily Dickinson, and her life-long romance with another woman. Amy Seimetz plays the mistress of Emily Dickinson’s brother. Come see the film IndieWire said “could forever change the narrative of the world’s most famous woman poet.” (Special screening in Green-Wood Cemetery, a popular place to “stop for death”).

$16 online or at the door

Sat Jul 7 7:45 PM

The Film

Wild Nights with Emily

Madeleine Olnek | USA | 84

Fresh off its SXSW premiere, the dramatic comedy "Wild Nights with Emily" stars Molly Shannon as the poet Emily Dickinson. The film was inspired by an article in the New York Times that documented how infrared technologies restored erasures that hid romantic content in Dickinson’s letters. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, was that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her passionate, vivacious side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems. Irreverent and surreal, Wild Nights was one of "The 50 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2018" (Filmmaker Magazine); you will never look at Dickinson the same way again.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music
9:00 PM
Film Begins
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
After-Party sponsored by Corona Extra, Ketel One Family Made Vodka and Fever-Tree
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. No outside alcohol is permitted.


Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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