Kiki Layne is set to star and executive produce the romantic drama ‘Dandelion’ from writer-director Nicole Riegel. The film is described as a sophomore feature, where IFC Films acquires the global rights of the film, confirmed by the source. The release is planned for 2023.
In a statement, Kiki told that “I’m very excited to bring forth a story about the resilience of the human spirit and magic of serendipity taking center stage.” Kiki added, “Music is an integral part of my life, so being able to merge the two worlds with my passion of acting is a dream come true, and I’m thrilled to be in partnership with IFC Films.”
The film’s plot follows, Dandelion (Kiki), a struggling but determined Cincinnati singer-songwriter in a downward spiral. She reluctantly 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 eclectic and nomadic group of struggling musicians, the kindred spirits make music together and strike up an intoxicating whirlwind romance that moves Dandelion from an obsession with results and a narrow view of success to a deeper appreciation of her artistic journey and the discovery of a voice that is authentically her own.
Aaron and Bryce Dessner are composing the music for the film.
Riegel said “I’m thrilled to deepen and continue my relationship with my IFC family and to work with this dream team of producers and crew. It’s an honor to create music with Aaron and Bryce Dessner, two of the best and most respected musicians and composers in the world. It’s been such a rewarding partnership with KiKi Layne in a role that showcases her authenticity and gorgeous musical abilities. Dandelion is a film about dreams and a love of process, so there’s a lot of art imitating life on this one.”
The film is produced by Rian Cahill of Griffin Drive Productions, Adam Cobb, Pete McClellan, and Nicole Riegel. EPs are also Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, BondIt Media Capital’s Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Tyler Gould along with Aaron and Bryce Dessner and IFC Films.