A series of short films blending fiction and reality
Olympic Dreams is a poetic exploration of the Olympic values through narrative film, blending fiction with reality to open a unique, never-before-seen window into the Olympic Games. Starring Alexi Pappas as Penelope, a fictional cross-country skier, Nick Kroll as Ezra, a fictional volunteer dentist, and athletes who participated in the PyeongChang Games. Directed by Jeremy Teicher.
A blend of Fiction & Reality
The fictional storyline revolves around a young cross-country skier, Penelope (played by Alexi), and a volunteer in the Olympic Village, Ezra (played by Nick), who cross paths and form an unlikely relationship. Penelope and Ezra each have transformative experiences at the Games, returning home with a new outlook on life enriched by the Olympic values they have experienced.
Alexi’s unique perspective as a current Olympic athlete results in films that portray the Olympic experience from the athlete’s point of view, in a way that has never been seen before. Athletes in competition like American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy (the confidant), American cross-country skier Anne Hart (the stunt double) and American freestyle skier Morgan Schild (the team-mate) star in small acting roles and offer stellar performances! A first!
"This project was made possible by the incredible Olympians who took part." - Alexi Pappas
"This series of five auteur-style narrative short films is about all athletes, including those who don't win medals, and also all the people who make the Games happen, including the volunteers" - Jeremy Teicher
Watch the five episodes underneath:
Episode 1: Coming Together
Whether you're an athlete or spectator, the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony has an energy and magic like nothing else.
Episode 2: The Pursuit of Excellence
Penelope, a cross-country skier (played by Alexi Pappas), adjusts to life in the Olympic Village and competes in the race she's dreamed about her entire life.
Episode 3: Body and Mind
Ezra, a volunteer dentist (played by Nick Kroll), gets to work in a little-known corner of the Olympic Village.
Episode 4: Friendship
When athletes aren't training or competing, they're relaxing. Penelope wanders through the Village and makes new friends during downtime.
Episode 5: Beyond the Finish Line
You've worked your whole life to make it here... and then what? Does being an Olympian ever end or does it stay with you forever?