Cow Lamp Films acquires “The View From Tall”

Amanda Drinkall in "The View From Tall"

Amanda Drinkall in “The View From Tall”

The Chicago-based
national indie distributor
signs Caitlin Parrish
and Erica Weiss’s
intimate coming-of-age

(Chicago — 16 My 2018) Cow Lamp Films announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America to Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss’s The View From Tall.

Written and directed by Parrish and Weiss (CBS TV’s upcoming The Red Line), executive produced by Ava DuVernay (the filmmaker behind A Wrinkle in time, Queen Sugar, and Selma), the film screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Midwest Independent Film Festival and the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival.

Set in Chicago, Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss’s comedy-drama follows a 17-year-old student (Amanda Drinkall) finds an unlikely lifeline in her therapist (Michael Patrick Thornton) after a sexual transgression.

As the lines of propriety between two lonely souls are slowly broken, she has to navigate the thorny issue of age, lust and leaving one’s life behind.



Drinkall is a Chicago theater actress who has appeared on the TV shows One Fine Dy! and Chicago Med, while Thornton had a recurring role in the ABC-TV series Private Practive, spun off from Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Cow Lamp Films will be distributing The View From Tall. Being a Chicago-based distributor, they’re the perfect home for this Chicago-based film,” said Erica Weiss.

Director/Writer Caitlin Parrish added, “We’re so happy to be teaming up with Cow Lamp Films. They’re giving Midwest filmmakers much-needed exposure.”

The Chicago Reader said of The View From Tall, “…this Chicago-set love story breaks new ground with the protagonist’s self-knowledge and directness.” wrote that the film “…explores questions of consent and ethics in sexual relationships where there’s a significant power differential.”

“This movie, made by a majority of incredible women, is so special, and we couldn’t be more excited to be putting it out for the universe to see with Cow Lamp Films. Their collaborative and filmmaker-friendly approach made it a no-brainer for us to team up with them.”
   —Amanda Pflieger, producer

The View From Tall is another amazing example of the new wave of filmmakers coming from the Midwest, that Cow Lamp Films,” said Director of Acquisitions Josh da Silva. “Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish are the definition of up and coming!”

About Cow Lamp Films
Cow Lamp Films is the Midwest’s first and only full-service independent film and television distributor. Cow Lamp Films provides the full-service distribution opportunities to independent filmmakers that are difficult to access without the support of large studios.

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