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DANDELION Trailer: KiKi Layne Finds Love & Inspiration On The Road in Musical Drama


If Beale Street Could Talk star KiKi Layne displays her musical chops in the new drama, Dandelion. Written and directed by Nicole Riegel (2021’s Hollar), it centers on a struggling singer-songwriter in the Midwest who goes on the road toward South Dakota with a group of nomadic musicians where she falls into a deep romance with one of its members (Thomas Doherty). It had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW and features original music from The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner. IFC Films has released the official trailer ahead of its limited theatrical release on July 12.

Here’s an official synopsis:

Dandelion, a struggling Cincinnati singer-songwriter in a downward spiral, takes a last-ditch-effort gig at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota where she meets Casey, a guitarist who walked away from his dream long ago. As Dandelion joins Casey’s nomadic group of struggling musicians, the kindred spirits make music together and strike up a whirlwind romance. The experience moves Dandelion from a narrow view of success to a deeper appreciation of her artistic journey, and the discovery of a voice that is authentically her own.

Check out the trailer and poster below.

Dandelion Official Poster

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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