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EXCLUSIVE: All-New Clip from SXSW World Premiere 'Sequoia'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 5, 2014 at 12:35PM

Check out an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere "Sequoia," starring Aly Michalka ("Easy A") as a young woman battling a dangerous illness who plans one last trip to a bucolic national park. The film bows at the Austin fest on March 9 in the narrative spotlight section.
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'Sequoia'
'Sequoia'

Check out an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere "Sequoia," starring Aly Michalka ("Easy A") as a young woman battling a dangerous illness who plans one last trip to a bucolic national park. The film bows at the Austin fest on March 9 in the narrative spotlight section.

"Sequoia" is helmed by first-time feature filmmaker Andy Landen, a graduate of USC's film school. Dustin Milligan ("Slither"), Todd Lowe ("True Blood"), Demetri Martin ("In a World"), Sophi Bairley ("The Poker House"), Joey Lauren Adams ("Blue Caprice") and Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba") also star.

Here's the official synopsis:

A lively young woman with a life threatening illness visits Sequoia National Park with the intention of ending her life – but her plans are complicated by her colorful family and the unexpected possibility of romance with an introspective musician.


This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Video, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.