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How writer/director Krystin Ver Linden cast Keke Palmer in the Sundance hit 'Alice'

Updated: Feb 1

How to stand out to major film festivals like Sundance

In honor of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, we're taking a look back at the highlights from our virtual workshop with writer/director Krystin Ver Linden, whose directorial debut, "Alice," made its worldwide debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Fest.

In this interview, Krystin shares how Keke Palmer was cast in "Alice" as well as how to stand out to film festivals like Sundance. She also shares her take on directing.


Krystin Ver Linden’s directorial debut, ALICE - starring Keke Palmer and Common, balances two genres in this one of a kind thriller/drama. ALICE, which Krystin also wrote, made its worldwide premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released nationwide in March via Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions. Krystin was also chosen as one of Variety’s 2022 coveted ‘10 Directors to Watch’. As a screenwriter, Krystin's script RIDE sold to Lionsgate with Joey Solloway attached to direct, and was featured on the Black List. She went on to sell numerous scripts and the pitch LOVE IN VAIN, an unconventional biopic centering around Blues music pioneer Robert Johnson, to Paramount with platinum recording artist Lionel Richie producing.


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