Olympic Dreams is the first feature narrative film ever to be shot at Olympic Village during the actual Olympics. Starring comedian Nick Kroll and real-life Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas, the story is a rom/com inspired by her experience at the 2016 Olympics. The screenplay is written by Kroll, Pappas, and director Jeremy Teicher.
Funny, quirky and emotional, the film explores what happens after an athlete accomplishes her dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, and the new challenge of opening herself up for romance with a volunteer dentist (Kroll) she meets at the games. Didn’t know the Olympics have dentists? I didn’t either, but Pappas and Teicher spill all sorts of Olympic secrets.
In this episode, Pappas and Teicher also talk about their cameras freezing up from the cold, being a three-person film crew (they weren’t allowed to bring any additional crew members), how they got permission to shoot at the games, and how writing a screenplay is like long-distance running.
Olympic Dreams opens in theaters and VOD Feb. 14.
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Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for SheKnows.com. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards