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SFFILM Festival

Community Screening: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig

USA | 105

23 Apr
Sun, Apr 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Actor Abby Ryder Fortson, Producer Julie Ansell


Margaret Simon, the 11-year-old New Jersey tween experiencing the first pangs of adolescence comes to vivid life on the big screen in this fresh, funny adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic 1970 novel. Abby Ryder Fortson gives a star-making performance as young Margaret, coping not only with the onset of puberty but also grappling with her religious identity. Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), faithfully captures the book’s defining moments while also freshening the material with new touches. Brilliant in support of Forston are Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie as Margaret’s loving, complicated parents, and a heartwarming and hilarious Kathy Bates as her grandmother Sylvia. Margaret’s story of longing and self-discovery has resonated with generations of readers. With this luminous adaptation, she stands poised to repeat the feat and capture the hearts of filmgoers.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Director Kelly Fremon Craig

Writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig made her directing debut with The Edge of Seventeen (2016), for which she received a Directors Guild of America, USA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. is her second feature.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Runtime 105

Country USA

Director Kelly Fremon Craig

Executive Producer Jonathan McCoy

Producer James L. Brooks, Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter

Writer Kelly Fremon Craig

Editor Oona Flaherty, Nick Moore

Cinematographer Tim Ives

Cast Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Abby Ryder Fortson

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.