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French Club is a Goonies-esque, teenage girl adventure that takes three high school friends on a trip across rural Kentucky. To fulfill the dying wish of one of the girl's grandmother, they must enlist the help of a gypsy cab driver to return a mysterious brass figurine to its rightful owner. This coming of age journey has the girls learn that the grandmother and her family are more than meets the eye.

Writer/Director

Lindsey Hancock Williamson

Lindsey Hancock Williamson grew up in Nashville, TN and attended film school there. She produced film and TV for six years in New York City, including Project Runway, Inkmaster and Black Ink Crew. Since founding their production company, Suburban Tallyho, she and husband Sam have produced documentary features, digital programming, and narrative features. Notably, American Animals, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018, and will be released nationwide this summer. Additionally, Lindsey wrote and directed a short film for Lionsgate Studios, Turncoats, as part of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight: Storytellers project. Her crowning achievements are her two adorable sons, McClain (4) and Edger (2).

When I was growing up, The Goonies was one of my favorite movies. I dreamed of finding a map tucked away in my attic and setting off with friends on an adventure to discover some hidden treasure trove. Now that I have children, I want to show them my favorite childhood films, and I want them to have new stories that stir a sense of magic and wonder; stories about courageous kids daring greatly on their own adventures.

I had been throwing around some story ideas like this for a while, and began researching what similar classic adventure movies might be out there that featured all girl leads. Incredibly, there weren’t any. Inspired in part by Nancy Drew and The Daring Book for Girls, I started writing, revisiting what my life and friendships looked like at 15 years old: I loved (and still love) French culture and for the last two years of high school, my French class was comprised of all girls. On Spring Breaks throughout middle and high school, a group of friends and I traveled to Sea Island, Georgia, where we set off on rented bikes to discover the world, on our own for the first time. On the day I started writing French Club, my grandfather passed away. While celebrating his extraordinary life, I saw old pictures of his father, mother, grandmother and grandfather. I wanted to explore the idea of a place or way we could somehow all sit down and share a meal together. I already had a grandmother character in the treatment and started brainstorming how I could incorporate these elements.

It’s an honor to be entrusted with bringing French Club to life as the director. We want this film to feel like a classic, and while technically set in the present day, I’ll pay homage to the humor and spirit of my favorite films from growing up in the 80’s, the French New Wave movement, and strong female protagonists that everyone can cheer for.

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