Inspired by true events, "Opal" is the captivating tale of self-taught naturalist and cult icon Opal Whiteley. Raised in a logging camp at the turn of the twentieth century, Opal catapults to fame with the publication of her childhood diary, then to infamy when readers suspect a hoax. While the scandal has yet to be resolved, the film rides the tension between truth and fiction, and presents a character who embodies the possibilities of both.
Opal, from writer/director Dina Ciraulo, premiered at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival and has screened at festivals and theaters across the country. It was chosen to participate in the No Borders section of Independent Feature Project in New York, and the Cannes Producers’ Network. Winner of the Robin Eickman Screenwriting Award and the Eric A. Takulan Memorial Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the film is a tribute to the west coast‘s redwood-studded landscape, iconoclastic spirit, and independent women. Whiteley’s growing international fan base has made her the subject of at least nine books, several plays, and a musical. Whiteley’s writing has been translated into Italian, French and German. Opal is the first feature film about her life.
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