Mickey and the Bear
Faced with the responsibility to take care of her opioid-addicted veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck does what she can to keep her household afloat. When she receives the opportunity to leave her home for good, she must make the impossible decision between familial obligation and personal fulfilment.
Original screenplay by Annabelle Attanasio
Directed by Annabelle Attanasio
Produced by Lizzie Shapiro, Anja Murmann, Sabine Schenk, Taylor Shung
with Cami Morrone, James Badge Dale
It’s April in Anaconda, Montana, and headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father (James Badge Dale) afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When Hank’s controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfilment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence.
Annabelle Attanasio is a singular new voice in the filmmaking arena.
Upcoming, Annabelle will make her feature directorial debut with MICKEY AND THE BEAR, which stars Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale. The story centers on headstrong teen Mickey Peck (Morrone) who is faced with the responsibility to take care of her opioid-addicted veteran father (Dale), and does what she can to keep their house afloat. When she receives the opportunity to leave her home for good, she must make the impossible decision between familial obligation and personal fulfillment.
The film, which Annabelle also wrote, debuted to massive critical acclaim at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, where it was described as “a sharp, affecting film that’s brimming with darkness and hope, every instant of it vividly alive,” by The Hollywood Reporter. It went on to win the Grand Jury Award at IFFBoston and premiered internationally at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of the ACID section. At the Montclair Film Festival, Annabelle was recognized with both the Mark Urman Award and the Audible Storyteller Award. She went on to win the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award from Nantucket Film Festival. This fall, the film will play at Deauville International Film Festival, among several others. The film will debut in theaters in November 2019.
This year, Annabelle was selected for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Artist Academy program pegged to the 57th New York Film Festival, which has historically nurtured some of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. She was recognized with the Rising Star Award by Luce Cinecitta and was given the Key to the Cinecitta during AFI Fest 2018. She is an alumna of the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab, where she received the coveted Melissa Mathison Award; and she was selected in 2017 for the IFP No Borders Project Forum & Co-Production Lab.
Annabelle’s most recent short film SAFE SPACE, which she wrote and directed, made its world premiere at Palm Springs in June 2019. Her first short, FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING, has played over 30 festivals and won awards including Best Female Protagonist at NFFTY.
She currently resides in New York.