festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

White Lie


Katie is something of a public figure on her college campus. Everyone knows her name; everyone knows her story. Or at least they think they do. They know Katie as a student who was recently diagnosed with cancer and who has started an online funding campaign to help raise money for her fight against cancer.

But they don't know the truth. The truth is that Katie is of perfectly good health and has never had cancer. But what would lead a pretty, healthy young girl to create such a fabrication?White Lieis a gripping character study centered around a character that should be repulsive and impossible to watch. But in actress Kacey Rohl's hands, she's enigmatic and empathetic, even while her actions appear morally bankrupt.

As Katie starts to become buried by her quickly crumbling tower of lies, she'll do anything to keep her fake life alive in this tense film that is all too relevant to the world we live in right now. With White Lie, we're given a complex look at the way social media can be negatively manipulated...and how easily it can turn against you.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and Telefilm Canada.

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Director Bio

Yonah Lewis is a film director and co-founder of the production company Lisa Pictures. He has co-directed the features Amy George (11), The Oxbow Cure (13), and Spice It Up (18). White Lie, which he co-directed with Calvin Thomas, is his latest film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Calvin Thomas, Yonah Lewis
  • Producer(s)
    Calvin Thomas, Yonah Lewis, Karen Harnisch, Katie Bird Nolan, Linsay Tapscott
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Calvin Thomas, Yonah Lewis
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Christopher Lew
  • Composer
    Lev Lewis
  • Cast
    Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson, Martin Donovan

Film Info