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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

Fiction:
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.

Reality:
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?


Behind The Scenes

While in PyeongChang, Alexi and Jeremy also produced seven clips of between 60 to 90 seconds documenting Alexi's real-time adventure as an Olympian artist in residence at these Games, and also as an athlete in training. This “making of” feature offers a glimpse into the mind of an Olympian, an unfiltered look into Alexi's creative and athletic process in PyeongChang.

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Biographies & interviews


Olympic Dreams
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Olympic Dreams

Coming together
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Olympic Dreams
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Olympic Dreams

The pursuit of excellence
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Olympic Dreams
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Olympic Dreams

Body and mind
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Olympic Dreams
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Olympic Dreams

Friendship
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Olympic Dreams
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Olympic Dreams

Beyond the finish line
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