Kiersey Clemons Stars in Susie Searches Which Was Recently Picked Up By Vertical


Kiersey Clemons is starring in the mystery comedy Susie Searches, which premiered at TIFF 2022 and most recently, Vertical secured the North American rights for it.

The film is based on a 2020 short film of the same name, and marks the feature film directorial debut of Sophie Kargman. William Day Frank penned the film which also stars Alex Wolff, Jim Gaffigan, Ken Marino, and Rachel Sennott.

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The story follows Susie (Clemons), an awkward college student with a failing true-crime podcast who sees a chance to increase her campus and online popularity by solving the mysterious disappearance of Jesse, the campus heartthrob. However, things take a dark turn as she uncovers the truth and finds herself in over her head.

Produced by Magnetic Labs, with Clemons serving as executive producer alongside Jaimie Fairweather, David B. Newhouse, and Kargman, the film is set for a day-and-date release later this year. Fortitude International will be launching international sales at this week’s EFM.

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Adam Mirels and Robbie Mirels of Magnetic Labs praised Kargman’s work on the film, stating that she had “knocked it out of the park” with a film that was “sure to become a cult classic.” They also commended Clemons for her “phenomenal performance” as Susie and Wolff for his “deeply empathetic portrayal” of Jesse.

Vertical’s SVP of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi praised Kargman’s ability to balance the chilling twists and comedic beats in the film, and lauded Clemons’ “endearing and layered performance.” The deal was negotiated on behalf of Vertical by Peter Jarowey and Piantedosi, while WME Independent and UTA Independent Film Group negotiated on behalf of the production.

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