The Sundance Film Festival gives its biggest honor to a YA dramedy adaptation!
The movie adaptation of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the 2012 Young Adult novel of the same name by author Emily M. Danforth, just took home the top prize at Sundance.
The film, directed by Desiree Akhavan, picked up the film festival’s biggest honor, the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. It follows Cameron Post (Chloe Grace Moretz,) a Montana teen sent to a gay conversion therapy conversion after her evangelical guardians find her making out with a girl from school. Surrounded by different levels of struggle and acceptance, plus a strong message of intolerance, Cameron will have to learn to live by her own rules, no matter the cost.
“We want to dedicate this award to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy,” Moretz said at the ceremony, according to USA Today. “We want this movie to shine a light (on the fact) that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 to practice sexual conversion therapy.”
The author of the book shared her joy on Twitter last night:
Woke up to the dreamiest news ever and still can’t quite believe it. I couldn’t be more proud of this film and the wonderful people who made it. Thank you, @DesireeeAkhavan @CFparkville @mdotclark @ParkvillePics, and the *incredible* cast and crew who made this real. https://t.co/H48sA1NROB
— emily danforth (who is never here) (@emdanforth) January 28, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post hasn’t been picked up for distribution quite yet, but we imagine there’s lots of negotiations going on behind the scenes. You can check out the novel now via Amazon.