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People You May Know

Friday, April 07, 2017
8:30 p.m.

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Monday, April 10, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Guests Expected

Director Sherwin Shilati, producer Shelley Stevens, producer/actor Kaily Smith Westbrook, and actors Nick Thune, and Justin Klosky, and Usher Raymond expected to attend April 7 and 10.


If you’re not on social media, do you even exist? Like a chicken-egg riddle for the modern era, such is the dilemma facing 30-something introvert Jed (Nick Thune), whose total absence from the digital landscape leaves him socially marooned. That is, until he discovers he can use his wizard-like Photoshop skills to present his life in any way imaginable. When Tasha (Halston Sage) sees an opportunity to exploit her vision of cultivating a celebrity out of a nobody, she helps pimp out Jed’s life via multiple online platforms, and before long, he emerges from his cocoon as a high-profile social butterfly. But after Jed unexpectedly crosses paths with his high-school crush Franky (Kaily Smith Westbrook), dormant affections reawaken, and Jed must find a way to reconcile his unvarnished self with the slick facade his online persona reflects. With playful intimacy and deft insight, first-time director Sherwin Shilati plays with the ways social relevance and self-validation are measured in the digital age, and whether we can ever truly know each other when we so often disguise our authentic selves. Against a sparkling New York City backdrop, People You May Know boasts an effervescent cast, including Carly Chaikin (Mr. Robot), a scene-stealing Usher Raymond IV, and standup comedian Thune in a breakout performance. —Jesse Knight

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Sherwin Shilati makes his feature film debut with People You May Know. His first short, I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face (2008), which features the titular esteemed character actor, helped Shilati break into directing commercials. Shilati followed up Guzman in 2013 with The Key, a short film spun off from the Funny or Die web series Neil & John. “Of all the incredible things social media has brought us, it’s beginning to serve as a major source of our self-worth,” Shilati said of his feature debut. “Our goal with this film is to bring to light some of the ways we subconsciously use social media to value ourselves in a thoughtful and entertaining way.”
Film Details
  • Premiere status: World
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 91
  • Director(s): Sherwin Shilati
  • Producer(s): Shelley Stevens, Kaily Smith Westbrook
  • Writer(s): Sherwin Shilati
  • Cinematographer(s): Brian Burgoyne
  • Editor(s): Jonathan Melin
  • Music: André Allen Anjos
  • With: Nick Thune, Halston Sage, Kaily Smith Westbrook, Carly Chaikin

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