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Feb. 9, 2024

Apple Acquires Lily Gladstone’s Sundance Drama Fancy Dance

Apple Original Films has earned the global rights to Fancy Dance, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The drama stars Lily Gladstone, marks the feature directorial debut for Erica Tremblay, who also was the co-writer and producer to the film. By: Dylan Low

Fancy Dance will be screening in theatres and feature on Apple TV+ this year. The announcement comes after news of Gladstone’s Oscar nomination for her role as Mollie Burkhart, in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, also on Apple.


“Our film Fancy Dance has found the perfect home with Apple, and I am thrilled to share this beautiful story of two Seneca-Cayuga women with a global audience.” Tremblay mentioned in a statement. “As a Native American filmmaker, seeing my community included in the rich tapestry of cinema is a dream come true.”

Written by Tremblay and Miciana Alise, it tells the story of Jax (Gladstone) on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma as she cares for her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson) after her sister’s disappearance. The duo goes on a journey together to search for Roki’s missing mother, and discover deep truths around the treatment of Indigenous women in a colonized world. Ryan Begay, Shea Whigham, Crystle Lightning and Audrey Wasilewski also star in the film.


Financial terms of the deal, which was brokered by WME Independent representing the filmmakers, were not disclosed. Dubai sales agency Cercamon claimed international sales rights to the film in February 2023, after its Sundance premiere.

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