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
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.